"Mary Pugel" Archive

A message from President Hatch announcing United Way 2020 Campaign launch

A message from President Hatch to faculty and staff:

Dear Wake Forest Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you healthy and coping as well as possible with the many emotions and stress that we live with these days. I remain grateful for the response all Wake Foresters have demonstrated over past months as we have navigated our current challenges. I am humbled by and proud of the ways our Wake Forest community continues to support the mission of this place, whether in the classroom, in administrative support offices, in our dining locations, among our groundskeeping and facilities operations, campus security and so many other functions. Thank you most sincerely.

I write you today regarding our annual United Way campaign. This year, perhaps more than ever, our community is experiencing new levels of hardship. COVID-19 has exposed much need throughout our local community while many chronic inequities continue to exist for far too many. The issues and the need – whether for housing, food, health care, employment, mental health services, childcare – are real for many of our friends and neighbors. The work of United Way in coordinating efficient and effective response to community need remains a model that works. Our local United Way has been remarkably successful in addressing need and actually moving the needle toward response and solutions.

I ask you to take a few minutes to view my short video message for more information about United Way and our Wake Forest campaign. And then, I hope you will consider making your own gift to support the campaign, using the e-pledge link. If you prefer to use a paper form, please contact either our Brad Shugoll (shulgolbd@wfu.edu) or Mary Pugel (mpugel@wfu.edu) for assistance.

You can learn more about our local United Way here and our Wake Forest effort at unitedway.wfu.edu.

I remain deeply grateful for the generous support that Wake Forest has always shown to this effort. Thank you for your consideration.


Nathan O. Hatch

A message from President Hatch announcing funds raised for the United Way

President Hatch emailed this message to faculty and staff on February 17:

Through the generosity of Wake Forest faculty, staff and retirees, I am happy to report that our 2019 campus-wide United Way effort raised $283,951 in pledges and direct gifts, with 607 donors.  My thanks to all who contributed to this annual campaign.  Each of these gifts – whether large or small – represents an investment in our local community that builds capacity and addresses human need, helping to build a community that allows each of us to flourish.  My sincere thanks to all.  I am proud of our Wake Forest community.

I especially want to recognize the leadership of the Campaign Cabinet:  Co-chairs Erica Still (Dean’s Office and English Department) and Brad Shugoll (Office of Civic and Community Engagement), and members Shandra Caputo (School of Business), Denise Griggs (College Dean’s Office), Kathleen O’Rourke (Human Resources), Eric Proctor (Human Resources), Mary Pugel (President’s Office), Leigh Stanfield (Global Affairs), and John Turner (Advancement).  Their time and commitment guided the campaign and they each served as spokespersons throughout our campus for the work of United Way in Winston-Salem and throughout Forsyth County.

United Way provides multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the year to support the needs of our community.  If you are interested in volunteering your time or your skills, you can contact United Way of Forsyth County directly:  https://www.forsythunitedway.org/resources-2/for-volunteers/.

Your interests, commitments and skills can make a difference.

Again, my thanks.

Nathan O. Hatch

Nominations sought for commencement 2020 speaker

The Office of the Provost e-mailed this announcement to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 24:

Dear Wake Forest Community,

As members of the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee, we look forward to engaging our graduating students and other members of the university community in the selection process of our 2020 Commencement speaker. As we begin this exciting task, we look to you to provide us with speaker nominations for Commencement 2020.

Please submit your suggestions to CSAC@wfu.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. Submissions must include:

  • Name of nominee
  • A response to the 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 and of nominations with a Wake Forest connection. Suggestions are also gratefully welcomed from faculty and staff.

As you can imagine, people of this caliber are in high demand. While we hope to host a speaker from suggestions we receive, we cannot guarantee that our invitations will be accepted.  Your thoughts will be vital to informing our approach and to selecting a speaker.

This committee is dedicated to the transparency of this process, but please understand that the actual invitation process must remain confidential. Announcement of the Class of 2020’s commencement speaker will follow a similar timeline as in years past.

We look forward to reviewing your nominations.


The Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee

Rogan Kersh, Provost and Professor of Politics and International Affairs
Kyle Adams, Class of 2021 and Student Trustee
Shannon Dubuisson, Executive Director of University Events
Michele Gillespie, Dean of the College and Presidential Endowed Chair of Southern History
Eranda Jayawickreme, Associate Professor of Psychology
Mark Knudson, President of the Faculty Senate and Professor of Family Medicine
Sophie Leruth, Wake Forest Fellow in the Office of the Provost
Mellie Mesfin, Class of 2020 and President of Student Government
Julia Mroz, Class of 2020 and President of Student Union
Matt Schlosser, Wake Forest Fellow in the Office of the President
Harold Pace, Assistant Provost for Academic Administration and University Registrar
Samantha Perrotta Turner, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost
Mary Pugel, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
Christina Soriano, Associate Provost for the Arts and Interdisciplinary Initiatives and Associate Professor of Dance

WakeUnited: Pugel encourages working in harmony for change

This is the fourth of a series of pieces written about Wake Forest community members who are committed to WakeUnited, the United Way campaign at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest President's office chief of staff Mary Pugel, Thursday, January 28, 2016.

As Chief of Staff for President Hatch, Mary Pugel coordinates a lot of moving parts – from organizing meetings with senior administrators to overseeing the staff of the President’s Office. It’s not surprising, then, that she sees her work as a perfect fit with her commitment to United Way, which coordinates community responses to challenges in Forsyth County.

“Wake Forest’s spirit of Pro Humanitate and United Way’s mission are beautifully aligned,” Pugel explains. “Our active commitment to and engagement with our local community is part of the Wake Forest DNA.”

She likes the proactive approach United Way takes in helping the most vulnerable members of the community, “through educational support, improving access to health care and improving the means to financial security – to name a few.” Pugel believes that by addressing such systemic issues, United Way is making tangible, measurable community changes where they are needed the most.

“As a member of the Women’s Leadership Council my annual United Way gift has allowed me to invest in our community with the assurance that my gift is being targeted to our community’s greatest needs,” Pugel says. One of those areas is education – the Council’s goal is to increase the Forsyth County high school graduation rate from a previous low of 71 percent to 90 percent by 2018.

Pugel’s work with United Way is an integral part of her commitment to Wake Forest University and Forsyth County. As she explains, “Support of the United Way campaign seems like a natural and easy fit!”

Mary serves on the 2016 WakeUnited campaign cabinet and notes, “This year we have reached over 80 percent of our goal with three weeks remaining in the campaign. It’s not too late for those members of our campus community who have not yet given, to contribute. We hope everyone will do their part as we raise the remaining $70,000 and help ensure everyone in our community has the opportunity to thrive.”

The 2016 WakeUnited campaign encourages faculty and staff to pledge support for United Way and its critical mission in the community. A personalized pledge link has been sent to your email, or you can make your pledge at unitedway.wfu.edu.


Categories: Staff News

Nominations sought for Faculty Athletics Representative

Nominations are now being accepted for the appointment of a new Wake Forest Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).  This is an appointment of a faculty member made by the University President for a term of four years and in its broadest sense, provides a faculty viewpoint in the administration of intercollegiate athletic programs.  The FAR reports to the President in the University governance structure and has these major areas of responsibility:  academic oversight, student-athlete welfare, administrative responsibilities including representing Wake Forest at meetings of the NCAA and ACC, and compliance.

Among the FAR’s general responsibilities are periodic meetings with the President, Director of Athletics, and other athletics personnel, and student-athletes as needed. The President will evaluate the appointment over the term of the four years.

Nominations and recommendations may be submitted to Mary Pugel in the President’s Office:  mpugel@wfu.edu.  Nominations are due by April 15, 2016.