"Susan R. Wente" 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

A message from President Wente

President Susan R. Wente shared a message about Atrium Health’s announcement of an exciting plan to join together with Advocate Aurora Health, a leading healthcare organization based in Chicago and Milwaukee. Read her full message here »

Search Committee formed to identify Dean of the College

A search committee has been formed to identify the next Dean of the College, succeeding Michele Gillespie, whose term as Provost begins on July 1, 2022. Tony Marsh, Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Health and Exercise Science, will serve as interim Dean of the College while the search is underway.

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University reinstates indoor mask requirement for School of Law in response to increased cases

On Wednesday, April 13, Wake Forest announced a temporary indoor mask requirement for the School of Law, beginning Thursday, April 14, in response to a recent uptick of cases in the school. The mask requirement also applies to outside guests or speakers in the School of Law.

Wake Forest leaders made the decision in consultation with Dr. Christopher Ohl of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and Dr. Cecil Price of Student Health Service. This requirement will remain in effect while the University monitors cases in the law school community.

At this time, no other areas of the Wake Forest community are experiencing an uptick in cases based on Student Health Service and BestHealth data. Wake Forest will continue to monitor this information closely.

The decision to reinstate masking in response to data particular to a location on campus marks a new phase in the University’s pandemic response.

“As I have said many times this year, we know how to do this,” President Susan R. Wente said. “Masking is one of the tools in our toolkit in responding to what we see in our case data. We can use it or other mitigation strategies, as warranted by our public health conditions.”

The University continues to monitor cases and provide data on the Our Way Forward dashboard.

As a reminder, faculty and staff outside the School of Law may continue to request that students and colleagues wear masks in their respective classrooms, conference rooms and individual offices as outlined in the March 1 message to the university. Masks will continue to be required in healthcare facilities, on University transportation and under the circumstances outlined in the message.

University launches Undergraduate Enrollment Strategy project

In preparation for the 2022-23 academic strategic planning process, President Susan R. Wente has launched a strategic review of the University’s undergraduate enrollment position, partnering with the higher education research firm, Art & Science Group.

“Next year, we will begin to craft a vision for Wake Forest’s future,” Wente said. “To be effective in that work, we need to understand how the landscape for undergraduate enrollment has changed during the pandemic and where Wake Forest’s exceptional undergraduate education is situated within that landscape.”

Wente noted that the enrollment project’s work will unfold purposefully alongside the strategic planning process: “Art & Science will gather the data we need to understand what drives undergraduates’ enrollment decisions in regard to Wake Forest. This in turn will help us better understand how we are perceived, our distinctiveness and areas of opportunity.” Read more