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ACC honors President Hatch for exemplary service

20120817hatch7709The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has bestowed the “President’s Award for Exemplary Service to the ACC” to President Nathan O. Hatch.

The award was announced at the ACC’s spring meeting Tuesday evening.

Each year, the outgoing Conference President honors someone for commendable service to the ACC during the year of the president’s term or over an extended period of time.

Martha Putallaz, the 2014-2015 ACC President and faculty representative for Duke University, chose to honor Hatch for demonstrating exceptional leadership during what she called “a most pivotal, challenging and transformative time in the history of intercollegiate athletics.” 

In April 2010, Hatch agreed to represent the ACC on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and was then elected chair two years later. He served as Division I Board Chair from August 2012 until January 2015.

Under his leadership, the NCAA developed a new, more streamlined and efficient governance structure, raised academic standards, restructured enforcement, increased autonomy for power conferences, and brought student-athletes into the governance process, among other accomplishments.

He also played an instrumental role in the ACC expansion effort that welcomed the University of Notre Dame, where Hatch served as Provost prior to coming to Wake Forest, to the conference.

“President Hatch was able to achieve all that he did because he was a truly effective and patient leader, one who listened and could make all parties feel valued and heard, a man of great integrity trusted by all, and who truly represented the best interests of academics and athletics as a paired endeavor,” said Putallaz.

“It has been a privilege to represent Wake Forest, and all of the member institutions of the ACC, as the NCAA took historic steps to advance and modernize intercollegiate athletics,” said Hatch. “I accept this award with honor and gratitude for the people and institutions that have allowed me to pursue my professional and personal passions as an academic, an administrator and an athletics supporter.”

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Holiday Party set for Tuesday

Wreath and WFU sealThe following message is from President Nathan Hatch:

I am pleased to invite you and your family to the 2013 Reynolda Campus Holiday Party for faculty and staff on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 3-6 p.m. This year’s event will be held at The Barn and promises to be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season in the company of fellow Wake Foresters. With holiday arts and crafts stations, festive food, and a visit by Santa Claus, the gathering will be particularly fun for young children.

This year, we will also be adding a bit of Pro Humanitate to the event by collecting nonperishable food goods for Second Harvest Food Bank. Collection boxes will be stationed near the Barn entrance to accept your nonperishable canned or boxed food donations.

The Barn is located near Palmer and Piccolo Residence Halls and WFDD. Shuttle service will be provided on a continuously circulating route. Look for special Holiday Party Shuttle Stop signs in the Benson University Center traffic circle, by the entrance to Wingate Hall in Lot P, and by the Wake Forest Road entrance to Lot W1.

Questions: Please contact Jim O’Connell in the Office of the President at ext. 4061 or oconnejm@nullwfu.edu.

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September 2013 staff milestones

See a list of employment milestones reached by staff in September 2013: Read more

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WFU soliciting Commencement speaker nominations

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 2014 Commencement speaker. As we begin this exciting task, we look to you to provide us with speaker nominations for Commencement 2014.

Please submit your suggestions to CSAC@nullwfu.edu by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25.  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.

As you can imagine, persons 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 2014’s commencement speaker will follow a similar timeline as in years past.

We look forward to reviewing your nominations.

Sincerely,
The Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee

Rogan Kersh, Provost, Chair
Francie Fisher, Wake Forest Fellow, Provost’s Office
Mary Foskett, Professor, Religion
Jim O’Connell, Wake Forest Fellow, President’s Office
Samantha Perrotta, Event and Project Manager, Provost’s Office
Aubrey Peterson, President, Student Union
Mary Pugel, Chief of Staff, President’s Office
Jennifer Richwine, Assistant Vice President, University Events
Jay Sehgal, Student Trustee
Jacqueline Sutherland, Student Government President
Mark Welker, Professor, Chemistry

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July 2013 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in July 2013: Read more

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