The following message was shared with the campus community from Provost Rogan Kersh.
Dear Wake Forest Community:
Wake Forest’s Board of Trustees has approved plans to establish a School of Professional Studies in Charlotte. Pending completion of a full market analysis and business plan, the proposed school will house innovative degree and non-degree programs, including certificates and other credentials, for working professionals.
Charles Iacovou, Dean of the School of Business, will transition from his current role and begin serving as Dean of the School of Professional Studies and Vice Provost for Charlotte Programs on Jan. 4, 2021. Read more
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Congratulations to John Senior, assistant teach professor in the School of Divinity, whose proposal entitled “Thriving in Ministry Initiative 2018” has been funded by the Lilly Endowment.
Congratulations to Jonathan Duchac, professor in the School of Business, whose proposal entitled “Fund for Peace: Divestiture Project” has been funded by the Fund for Peace.
Congratulations to Brad Shugoll, assistant director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, whose proposal entitled “Campus Kitchen Summer Feeding Site” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and by (subaward/subcontract from) the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
This is a guest post from Human Resources:
The campus community celebrated service milestones for more than 250 Wake Forest staff members with approximately 2,800 combined years of service. These individuals were recognized at the annual Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon Oct. 9 at the Sutton Center. Faculty and staff joined a campus-wide reception in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall later the same day.
Staff members who have achieved 30 or more years of service are:
- 30 years: Elizabeth Berry (Facilities and Campus Services), Tim Covey (Information Systems), Robert Fisher (University Police), Chris Hartsell (University Police), Patricia Martin (School of Law), Pattie McGill (Office of the Chaplain), Tim Snyder (University Advancement), Kobak Taylor (Facilities and Campus Services), Lucinda Westmoreland (Financial Services).
- 35 years: Hugh Brown (Facilities and Campus Services), Thomas Crews (Facilities and Campus Services), Greg Scott (Facilities and Campus Services), Meri Silveri (Mail Services).
- 40 years: Bob Baker (University Advancement), LeAnn Steele (School of Law).
Philip Honaker, Plant Operator in Facilities and Campus Services, and Tom Benza, Associate Director in the Financial Aid Office, also were recognized as Employees of the Year. They were nominated by faculty and staff for their contributions in the areas of innovation, integrity, accountability, inclusion, and Pro Humanitate.
Philip Honaker’s nomination reads: Philip has worked hard over his tenure at Wake Forest and has always given great ideas and suggestions to make communication more clear and concise. He always has a smile on his face and does all he can to make things happen as they should. He is here daily to fulfill his obligation to the University, after many years of service. There is nobody he has met that he could not get along with. His desire and dedication to his job and his fellow employees has made him one of the best employees this University has ever had, and he deserves to be honored.
Tom Benza’s nomination reads: Always looking for new ways to do the same old business, Tom is extremely thoughtful, which permeates through his work with just about everyone here on campus. He goes the extra mile, every single time. Widely trusted, respectful, and honorable would all be words to describe Tom.
Dealing with tough issues daily, his moral compass always points north. Showing compassion in tough situations while still remaining professional is an artful gift Tom perfects. He goes above and beyond to protect students’ privacy by making sure his office is a safe place and safe space. Tom is a man of his word. Always willing to go to bat for what is right, Tom takes responsibility for his actions. Tom is an advocate for underrepresented student groups at WFU. He makes students feel welcome and important, which fosters a desire for them to continue towards degree completion. Tom’s kindness and compassion is extended to every student and staff member he encounters. Working on behalf of students and staff, he shines as an advocate.
Wake Forest University welcomes Brad Wilson (JD ‘78) as executive in residence with the School of Law and the School of Business. He will begin on Aug. 1.
Wilson is the retired president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). He joined BCBSNC in 1996. Before he became president and CEO in 2010, he served in a variety of leadership positions with the organization, including executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.
He also served as general counsel to former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt and as a member and then chair of the UNC Board of Governors. He was the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award in the state. At Wake Forest, Wilson has served on the law school’s Board of Visitors.
A lifelong North Carolinian, Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree from Duke University, in addition to a law degree from Wake Forest.