Dear Wake Forest Community,
For the past eight years, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue has been a transformative leader at Wake Forest.
Dr. Rue has demonstrated a remarkable ability to both lead a complex organization and personally connect with individual students. The University has made great strides in so many areas of Campus Life, including Residence Life & Housing, Health and Wellbeing, University Police and the Office of the Dean of Students.
Today, Dr. Rue announced her plans to retire as vice president.
She joined Wake Forest in July 2013 and took on broad responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of students and their education outside the classroom.
Her vision for comprehensive wellbeing led to the expansion of the Reynolds gym into the state-of-the-art Wake Forest Wellbeing Center and the creation of the Thrive program. She has elevated campus conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. From establishing the Police Accountability Task Force to hiring the first Title IX director, she has put caring people and essential programs in place to strengthen our community.
Dr. Rue, as a national higher education leader, has brought that wider perspective to her work at Wake Forest. She served as Board Chair for NASPA, the leading association for student affairs professionals, and she testified before Congress regarding sexual assault policy in higher education.
I am grateful for her service to our students, her essential role in navigating the COVID crisis on campus, and for all she has done for the health and wellbeing of the Wake Forest community.
The Provost will organize a search committee to select the new Vice President for Campus Life.
Nathan O. Hatch
Following a national search, Dr. Warrenetta Mann has been named director of the Wake Forest University Counseling Center. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Mann comes to Wake Forest from the University of South Carolina, where she was the director of Counseling and Psychiatry.
Mann is a leader in the field of collegiate mental health, previously serving as director of counseling at the College of William and Mary, multicultural coordinator and staff psychologist at the University of Virginia, and as coordinator of clinical services and coordinator of multi-ethnic/cross-cultural services and women’s services at the University of Cincinnati Counseling Center. She is also an active member of the Governing Board of the Association of University and College Counseling Directors (AUCCCD).
“Dr. Mann officially joined the Wake Forest community on April 19 and has made an immediate impact on the student community, her staff and university colleagues,” said Associate Vice President for Health and Wellbeing Dr. James Raper. “Along with her 30-years of experience in the mental health field, Warrenetta’s current service on the Governing Board of the AUCCCD allows her to stay connected with the most current thinking around best practices in collegiate mental health. I look forward to supporting her as she helps the University Counseling Center evolve in response to our community’s needs.”
Mann brings a wealth of clinical and professional expertise and service to Wake Forest, with experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and consulting at a wide range of colleges and universities. She is a small business owner and co-founder of Cuts and Conversations, an initiative that brings together Black men for in-depth discussions around mental health and wellbeing.
“I am excited to become a part of a community that has wholeheartedly taken on the challenge of integrating wellbeing into every aspect of campus life with a goal of lifting the humanity in all of us,” Mann said.
Ten 2021 grads have returned to their alma mater as Wake Forest Fellows. They will work throughout the campus community, including in the offices of the President, the Provost and the Dean of the College.
Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional Wake Forest College graduates with the opportunity to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow is serving as a full-time Wake Forest staff member, starting July 1. In addition to working with top administrators, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.
The Wake Forest Fellows for 2021-22 are:
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New Student Handbook with revised Student Code of Conduct available online; Undergraduate Bulletin online, too
This is a guest post from the Division of Campus Life:
A new Student Handbook has been developed for undergraduate students. The new handbook was created to provide students with important University information, policies, and processes in an online format that’s easy to navigate. While the handbook has a wealth of information, the newly revised Student Code of Conduct comprises much of the content.
The Student Code of Conduct was revised through a process that was intentional, comprehensive, and deliberate, with the goal of allowing thorough consideration of various stakeholder perspectives.
“I have been impressed during the last year and a half by the extensive involvement of students, faculty, and administrators in offering comments and recommendations regarding the proposed code revisions and then deliberating about the best way to make changes in response to this community feedback,” said John Dinan, professor of politics and international Affairs and chair of the Judicial Council.
Additionally, the Undergraduate Bulletin is now published digitally. The Bulletin contains the course offerings and requirements of the undergraduate schools, as well as other important academic policies and procedures.
Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue on March 6 became board chair of NASPA, the leading association for student affairs professionals, at the organization’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Rue has been a NASPA member and volunteer leader since 1977. She has served on NASPA’s board of directors since 2015.
She joined Wake Forest’s administration in 2013.
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