"Board of Trustees" Archive

Board of Trustees announces new officers and members

The members of the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest University are pleased to announce its next class of Trustees and Officers, for the term beginning July 1, 2015.

Wake Forest University Trustee Donna Boswell, June 21, 2013.


Dr. Donna A. Boswell (’72, MA ’74) will serve as the Chair of the Board, a historic event for the University, as her election marks the first female to serve in this role. Bobby R. Burchfield and Gerald Roach have been elected Vice Chairs of the Board, and Hof Milam has been elected Treasurer. J. Reid Morgan and Anita M. Conrad will remain Secretary of the Board and Assistant Secretary of the Board, respectively. Each of these officers will serve for the 2015-2016 term.

“Wake Forest has been fortunate to have strong visionaries at the helm of the Board of Trustees. Our new chair, Donna Boswell, is just such a leader,” said Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch. “I am pleased to welcome Donna to the role of chair, for I am confident that her proven integrity, passion for higher education and unparalleled commitment to Wake Forest will continue to serve the Board and our University well.”

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WFU forms Verger Capital Management

Recently, the Board of Trustees approved a plan in conjunction with Wake Forest’s chief investment officer, Jim Dunn, to form an external for-profit asset capital management company called Verger Capital Management LLC, or Verger, for short. Verger will serve as Wake Forest’s outsourced CIO solution and ultimately replace the function of Wake Forest University’s Office of Investments.  Jim Dunn has transitioned from his role as Wake Forest’s chief investment officer to become the Chief Executive Officer of Verger, and the Office of Investments employees will become employees of Verger.

As an outsourced solution, Wake Forest anticipates that Verger will provide access to additional investment opportunities, provide better access to best-in-class managers, and provide a solution for rising management, operational and administrative costs at the endowment level.

The move to an outsourced CIO solution for Wake Forest has been under discussion for several years, but recent trends in the investment industry and prospective growth show the timing is right for a transition.  Smaller foundations and endowments have been moving towards an outsourced chief investment officer model, and industry analysts are projecting significant growth in this market over the next five years.

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Farrell Hall grand opening is Friday

Please join the School of Business as it dedicates and celebrates the official grand opening of Farrell Hall on Friday, Nov. 1.

The opening of Farrell Hall unifies Wake Forest’s undergraduate and graduate business programs under one roof with one vision. The generous donors intended for Farrell Hall to be a welcoming place and a valuable resource for the entire campus community, so come join in a day of camaraderie and celebration.

Schedule (click for details):

11 a.m.– noon: Dedication of Farrell Hall (outside Farrell Hall front entrance closest to Wait Chapel)

Noon–2 p.m.: Campus & Community Open House

2–4 p.m.: Keynote Broadcast (Broyhill Auditorium)

Moderator: Al Hunt (’65, D.Litt. ’91), columnist for Bloomberg View and host of “Political Capital” with Special Guests & Alumni Panel:

“The Noble Profession of Business”

  • Charlie Ergen (MBA ’76), Co-Founder & Chairman, DISH Network Corporation and EchoStar Corporation
  • David Farr (’77, P’07), Chairman and CEO, Emerson
  • Eric Wiseman (’77, MBA ’88, P ’07), Chairman, President and CEO, VF Corporation

“The Legacy of Mike Farrell (P’10, LLD ’13)

  • Mary Farrell (P’10), University Trustee
  • Wellington Denahan, Chairman and CEO, Annaly Capital Management, Inc.

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Categories: Events

Update from President Hatch

The following is a message from President Nathan Hatch:

The fall semester is always a time of enthusiasm among our students and tremendous activity among faculty and staff. I am looking forward to several opportunities over the next couple of months to address issues of importance to our campus community. Read more

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Commencement speaker nominations open

Dear Wake Forest Community,

As members of the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee, we look forward to engaging graduating students and other members of the university community in the selection process of our 2013 Commencement speaker. As we begin this exciting task, we look to you to provide us with speaker nominations for Commencement 2013.

Please submit your suggestions to CSAC@nullwfu.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.  Submissions must include:

  • Name of nominee
  • Two to three paragraphs answering the following question: “Why do you think this person would be an exceptional Commencement speaker at Wake Forest University?”
  • Any contact name(s) for your nomination (if possible) and/or any connection to Wake Forest

We are especially interested in hearing from graduating students.  Suggestions are also gratefully welcomed from faculty and staff. Read more

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