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A message from Provost Kersh: Wake United campaign ends Oct. 31

This message was emailed to faculty and staff on Oct. 26 on behalf of Provost Rogan Kersh and the 2021 Wake United Campaign Cabinet.

Greetings Wake Forest colleagues!

A big bouquet of appreciation, as we cautiously celebrate passing this fall semester’s two-thirds mark–with just two active Covid cases on campus. A real testament to your attentive engagement with our students and one another, always mindful of our collective health. And speaking of appreciation, I’m grateful in this season of thanksgiving for the work the United Way of Forsyth County does locally.

Both through their support for dozens of local social-service organizations, and in their direct-services partnership with lower-income neighborhoods through their nationally recognized “Place Matters” program, United Way remains a vital source of enhancing our community bonds across Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

For those of you who may be new to Wake Forest, we’re traditionally a strong source of support for United Way’s essential activities, and I encourage those of you so inclined to join me and many other Wake Foresters in providing much-needed resources by contributing to the 2021 Wake United campaign. Sincere thanks, and here’s to our continued collective health as we steam towards term’s end.

Rogan Kersh
Provost

This is the final week of our 2021 Wake United Campaign so take a few minutes to make your pledge today!

The 2021 Wake United Campaign Cabinet thanks the campus community for their support this year.

Brad Shugoll, Wake United Campaign Chair
Ashley Wechter, Wake United Campaign Co-Chair
Mary Pugel, Office of the President Emeritus
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
Véronique McNelly, Professor of the Practice, French Studies

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Wake Forest forms search committee for Dean of the School of Business

Wake Forest University has formed a search committee for its next Dean of the School of Business, succeeding Charles Iacovou, who was named Dean of the School of Professional Studies last December; Michelle Roehm has served as Interim Dean since January 2021.

The search committee, chaired by Provost Rogan Kersh, will have its inaugural meeting next week. “This signal transition in a vital Wake Forest institution comes at a time of historic change across our University and is, therefore, all the more pivotal,” said Kersh. “As we see ever-closer collaboration among our deans and other academic leaders, all of Wake Forest will be enhanced by this search committee’s meticulous work.” Read more

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Update to On-Campus Mask Policy and Fall Semester

Dear Wake Forest community,

As the first day of classes for the majority of campus nears, we write to share both our enthusiasm for the start of this semester and a few important updates to our COVID-19 response. We will be fully in-person and operating all aspects of the University with the trademark dedication to our mission. The adjustments we will share below reflect our commitment to that end and to ensuring a successful start to the year.

As a residential community founded on the teacher-scholar model, we thrive on meaningful connection with one another animated by close collaboration among students, faculty and staff — collaboration that is at its best when it is in person. Our high vaccination rate among faculty, staff and students is the most important step for returning to and maintaining normal operations during the fall semester. While our position is strong, the most recent information regarding transmission of the Delta variant requires some temporary modifications.

Indoor masks to begin the semester

We will start the semester with all of us, regardless of vaccination status, wearing a mask indoors, with exceptions that are defined below. We anticipate this will be a temporary measure to allow for a smooth transition back to the classroom and campus environment. We will evaluate this decision weekly and make adjustments accordingly. Beginning Monday, August 16, masks are required indoors except while actively eating and drinking and with the following exceptions: Read more

Faculty and staff forum to be held Aug. 5

As a reminder, Wake Forest University will hold a faculty and staff forum on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. The forum will include updates from President Susan Wente, Dr. Chris Ohl, Vice President Emily Neese and Provost Rogan Kersh.

University employees received an email today with a link to join the webinar, which will be recorded and posted on the Faculty & Staff page on Our Way Forward.

Wake Forest forms search committee for Vice President of Campus Life

Wake Forest University has formed a search committee to seek a successor to Vice President of Campus Life Penny Rue, who announced her plans to retire last month.

The search committee, co-chaired by President Wente and Provost Kersh, kicked off its work this week. “The Vice President of Campus Life is an incredibly important and influential role on a residential and highly relational campus like ours,” said President Wente. “This leadership role transcends organizational boundaries and will only find success by embracing radical collaboration. The search committee is tasked with finding the best leader for Wake Forest at this time by representing the needs and interests of our University constituencies.”

Members of the committee include:

  • Jane Caldwell (MA ’82, P ’14, P ’17), Senior Associate Athletic Director and Assistant to the College Dean
  • Lisa Dragoni (P ’25), Associate Professor of Management, School of Business
  • Steve Giles (P ’23, P ’25), Associate Professor of Communication and Department Chair
  • Michele Gillespie, Dean of the College
  • Christopher Leak (’85, P ’11), College Board of Visitors Member
  • Lauren Lowman, Assistant Professor, Engineering
  • Heidi Robinson (MA ’11, P ’18, P ’19, P ’20, P ’21), Assistant Vice President for Career Education & Coaching
  • Malika Roman Isler (’99), Assistant Vice President of Inclusive Practice, Office of Diversity & Inclusion; Professor of Practice, Health and Exercise Science
  • Mike Smith (’89, P ’21), Board of Trustees
  • Leigh Stanfield (’98), Executive Director, Global Engagement & Administration
  • Ally Swartzberg (’22), President, Student Government Association
  • Jacob Thomas (’22), President, Black Students Alliance

Sam Perrotta (’12), chief of staff in the Provost’s Office, will staff the committee. Global executive search firm WittKieffer has been retained as the search consultant.

“Our initial committee conversations stressed the remarkable advances in Campus Life under Dr. Rue’s leadership,” said Provost Kersh. “We will seek to sustain the professional excellence characterizing this division, even as the Campus Life team must continue to navigate the complex waters of changing student demography, cultures, and learning styles.”

Additional information about the national search process and continuous updates can be found at search.campuslife.wfu.edu. Plans for university-wide forums are underway and will be communicated.

Should you wish to share input with the committee directly, please email comments to vpclsearch@nullwfu.edu. Candidate nominations may be sent to wakeforestvpcl@nullwittkieffer.com, ideally after the forums are complete.

As a helpful supplement to the search committee’s work, the Peterson Rudgers Group, which has worked closely with several peer schools undergoing transition in their student life leadership, has been retained by Wake Forest. PRG leaders will work closely with Campus Life and their closest collaborators to help anticipate the future of student engagement on a residential campus.

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