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Hatch to participate in September panel discussions

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch gives his annual State of the University address in Brendle Recital Hall on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch is scheduled to participate in two Triad panel discussions in September.  Both are ticketed events open to the public.

On Sept. 12, Hatch will join presidents of five North Carolina universities and colleges in a free-flowing discussion of the present and future course of higher education at The Governor Morehead Forum.  The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, 310 Greene St.

D.G. Martin, an educator and host of “Bookwatch” on UNC-TV, will moderate a wide-ranging 90-minute exchange with Hatch; Richard Broadhead, Duke University; Jane Fernandes, Guilford College; Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, Bennett College; Leo Lambert, Elon University; and Carol Quillen, Davidson College.

Additional information about the event is here.  Arrangements have been made for Wake Forest alumni to obtain tickets and sit in a block.

On Sept. 13, Hatch will participate in a luncheon event presented by the Winston-Salem Tech Council as part of its annual speaker series.  The “From Tobacco to Technology Book Launch” event will celebrate the publication of author Frank Elliot’s book titled “From Tobacco to Technology.”  The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. at Wake Forest Biotech Place, 575 N. Patterson Ave., in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

Discussion participants will include Hatch; Elliot; Vernon George, principal of George, Henry, George Partners; Michael Adler, director of the Office of Technology Transfer at Brigham Young University; Eric Tomlinson, chief innovation officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter; and John McConnell, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

More details are available here.

Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education completed

Bowman Gray Center for Medical EducationOn Tuesday, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center announced completion of the new medical education building for the Wake Forest School of Medicine. The Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education opened in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem after an 18-month renovation of a former Reynolds American tobacco manufacturing plant.

The timing of the opening coincides with Wake Forest School of Medicine introducing one of the most advanced medical school curricula in the country. It allows medical students to prepare for real-life experiences in the most modern of settings: from outpatient clinic to trauma center bay, complete with the new informatics and technologies used in patient care today.

Edward Abraham, Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine, said the facility was designed with the next generation of physician-leaders in mind.

“We are preparing a collaborative, highly skilled health care workforce that is better prepared to respond to our community’s health needs,” said Abraham.

President Nathan Hatch said, “Dr. McConnell and Dean Abraham’s vision for the future of medical education is complemented by the intersection of tradition and innovation that defines the school’s new location. This building, which will literally and figuratively bring medical and liberal arts education together under one roof, greatly enhances opportunities for closer collaboration among our students and deeper engagement within our community.”

In 2017, Wake Forest will offer undergraduate programs in biomedical sciences and engineering on the south side of the building, adjacent to the School of Medicine.

Read more about the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education and take a virtual tour.