"President Hatch" Archive

A message of thanks from the United Way Campaign

Sent on behalf of President Hatch and Brad Shugoll (Campaign Chair)

Today, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our campus community. Collectively through your efforts, we raised $256,334 for our 2020 United Way campaign. This total speaks to your generosity even amidst hardship. Thank you for rising to this moment and answering the call. We know that these donations are just a part of what you have contributed to our community over the past several months. Thank you for all you have done as volunteers, donors and civic leaders. 

We know that you will continue to support our community in myriad ways, both personally and professionally. We hope you will consider staying connected with the United Way year-round. If you, your team or your department are interested in being more involved by volunteering or better understanding the impact of your donations, don’t hesitate to reach out to Leigh Schumacher (leigh.schumacher@uwforsyth.org), director of donor relations for United Way of Forsyth County. 

With gratitude, 

Nathan O. Hatch

Brad Shugoll
Wake United Campaign Chair 

2020 Wake United Campaign Cabinet

Erica Still, Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion, & Associate Professor of English
Mary Pugel, Chief of Staff, Office of the President, President’s Office Liaison
John Shenette, Vice President, Facilities and Campus Services
Denise Griggs, Assistant to the Dean of the College
Leigh Stanfield, Executive Director for Global Engagement & Administration
Kathleen O’Rourke, Recruiter, Recruitment & Strategic Communications
John Turner, Director of Development, University of Advancement
Richella Allen, Service Desk Specialist, School of Business
Ashley Wechter, Assistant Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Development
Dexter Sharp, Associate Director, Leadership Initiatives, Office of Student Engagement

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

Response to malicious emails

The following message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on September 19, 2019

Last week, an unknown individual or individuals with malicious intent sought to spread a message of bigotry, division and fear among members of our campus community through emails sent to seven members of our faculty and staff and five offices on campus. Our faculty and staff have worked to protect everyone on our campus while striving to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

We hear the questions posed by some of our students: can you see us, can you hear us, do you understand our lived experiences? Yes, we see you. Yes, we hear you. And, no, we cannot fully understand what some of you are enduring.

The emails, steeped in the vitriol of white supremacy and nationalism, were sent to individual and office inboxes associated with the Department of Sociology, the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the LGBTQ+ Center, and the Intercultural Center. These emails have hurt, scared, threatened, angered, and confused many on our campus in different ways. This cuts at the core of who we are at Wake Forest and impacts us all.

While none of the emails contained actionable threats or detailed a specific attack on our campus, they still managed to elicit the fear the sender intended. Wake Forest consulted with law enforcement and national threat assessment experts — including the FBI’s leading experts on domestic terrorism, white nationalism, and hate crimes — before deciding to continue classes and normal University operations. The increased police presence on campus and enhanced security measures will continue while the investigation proceeds.

Our decision to continue classes does not diminish the real emotions and concern some in our community still feel. We pledge to stand by all our students, staff and faculty when they experience hate and discrimination of any kind. We will revise protocols where necessary and improve on the processes that we know are effective. We must remember who we are as a caring and supportive community and move forward in the spirit of those values.

There are many sources of support for those of you who are affected by these hateful emails. The University Counseling Center (336-758-5273), the Chaplain’s Office (336-758-5210) and the Employee Assistance Program (336-716-5493) are invaluable resources, as are our friendships and circles of personal support. Please continue to look out for each other.


Nathan Hatch, President
Rogan Kersh, Provost
Jane Aiken, Dean of the School of Law
Michele Gillespie, Dean of the College
Charles Iacovou, Dean of the School of Business
Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life
José Villalba, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Jonathan Walton, Dean of the School of Divinity

President's Ball to be held Sept. 15

The seventh President’s Ball will be held Friday, Sept. 15 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Coliseum.

The biennial ball began in 2005 to celebrate the inauguration of President Nathan O. Hatch, and brings together hundreds of Wake Forest community members during Homecoming weekend.

The semi-formal event is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni, who may also bring guests. No tickets or preregistration is required, but current Wake Forest community members are required to bring their Wake Forest ID.

The President’s Ball will feature live music, free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Parking will be free at the Coliseum. Complimentary shuttles will be running continuously from the Reynolda campus, behind Poteat Residence Hall (Parking Lot P), beginning at 8:30 p.m.

For further questions, please contact Brittany Helms, co-chair of the student planning committee, at athelmbl14@wfu.edu.

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25 Years Later: President Hatch's Book on American Christianity

Christianity-Democratization-headerA quarter century after it was published, scholars are still talking about the award-winning book, “The Democratization of American Christianity,” written by Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch.

To mark the book’s 25th anniversary, Wake Forest will host a half-day symposium Feb. 6 featuring seven of the country’s most distinguished scholars of early American religion reflecting on the influence of the book.

The event will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. A detailed schedule is posted on the symposium website.

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