"Presidential News" Archive

Reflecting on Dr. King’s Legacy

President Susan R. Wente shared a message with the campus community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read the full message »

Winter break extended by four days

Earlier today, in her presidential address, Dr. Wente announced a four-day extension to the University’s 2021-2022 winter break, which will now begin Monday, Dec. 20 and continue through Monday, Jan. 3. 

Staff who are typically not eligible for paid leave during the winter break will be granted four days of administrative leave between Monday, Dec. 20, and Thursday, Dec. 23, if they were scheduled to work.

Understandably, some colleagues will not be able to take advantage of the extended winter break due to their roles supporting critical University processes and priorities. Campus leaders in those areas are working to identify a time in the coming calendar year for teams to take collective time away. 

After Dr. Wente’s announcement, Human Resources shared additional information about what this news means for employees. They also shared detailed information about PTO usage, carryover and donation. 

Dr. Wente delivers first Presidential Address

On November 19, Dr. Susan R. Wente delivered her first presidential address as the 14th president of Wake Forest University. In her remarks, she shared about her journey of discovery, engagement and initial observations. To view or read the address, please visit the president’s website.

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Save the Date: Dr. Wente to deliver presidential address

President Wente portrait

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate and Senate President Matthew Phillips, Dr. Susan R. Wente will share her first presidential address on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at 9 a.m., in the Sutton Center. The address will be followed by a reception for those in attendance. Those who are unable to attend the address in person are invited to view the livestream of the address or find the recording on the president’s website. Please take a moment to RSVP or to submit a question for Dr. Wente.

University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (UDEIC) news

President Wente portrait

On September 21, 2021, President Wente announced the creation of the University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (UDEIC) to support the institution’s progress regarding matters of diversity, equity and inclusion.

This council will be advisory to President Wente and charged with supporting Wake Forest’s continual and ongoing commitment to each member of our community. The UDEIC will assess and provide input on the University’s progress toward fostering and sustaining inclusivity and belonging. The UDEIC will also be positioned to advise President Wente on emerging situations and to serve as an essential conduit for the campus community.

The University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council includes students, staff, faculty and alumni from across the Wake Forest community as well as a representative from the Board of Trustees.

Read more and meet the appointees to the Council.