"Rogan Kersh" Archive

Updating pandemic protocols

This message is sent on behalf of President Susan R. Wente, Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam.

Dear Wake Forest community,

With great joy, Wake Forest honored more than 2,100 graduates during Commencement weekend last month. The University returned to its traditional spring celebrations for the first time since 2019, allowing our community to share these moments in memorable ways.

Reaching that milestone did not happen without great sacrifice – more than is typically required for graduates to reach the finish line – from every one of you. Since the beginning of the pandemic, each of us has been stretched and asked to show courage, flexibility and resilience in all aspects of our lives.

For everything that you’ve done, both individually and as part of our Wake Forest community, we want to convey our deepest thanks. Your work has been inspirational and transformative.

In an April blog post, President Wente wrote about embracing change: “It’s how we approach change, not how we avoid it, that will distinguish Wake Forest.” We are positioned well to embrace change in the future in part because of how we have collectively handled so much transformation in the past. In that spirit, we’d like to outline the University’s approaches to the pandemic going forward: Read more

Michele Gillespie to succeed Rogan Kersh as Provost

President Susan R. Wente has appointed Michele Gillespie, current Dean of Wake Forest’s College of Arts and Sciences, to succeed Rogan Kersh as University Provost, effective July 1, 2022. Senior Associate Dean Anthony Marsh will serve as Interim Dean of the College, effective July 1, while the University engages in a national search for a new Dean of the College.

Reflections on the past two years

This message is sent on behalf of Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam.

Dear colleagues,

Two years ago this week, Wake Forest temporarily suspended in-person classes and asked students not to return from spring break. Staff able to work from home were encouraged to do so, and working groups and committees sprang into action to develop the research collaborations, policies and protocols necessary to mitigate risks to public health. Read more

WFU Child Care - Next Steps

This message is shared on behalf of Executive Vice President Hof Milam and Provost Rogan Kersh.

Navigating the pandemic has presented all of us with novel opportunities and challenges in the ways we work and collaborate with one another. Remote learning and work allowed us to uphold the mission of the university through the most critical phases of the pandemic. Employees who were also caring for dependents during this time experienced different, often more acute, challenges. As we begin to emerge from this phase of the pandemic, some caregiving stressors are lifting and others remain.

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Revised indoor mask mandate starting on March 5

Executive Vice President Hof Milam, Provost Rogan Kersh and Vice President for Campus Life Shea Kidd Brown shared a message with the campus community with updates about the University’s strategy to revise the indoor masking mandate, starting March 5. Read the full message on Our Way Forward »