"Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch" Archive

An invitation from President Hatch: Character and the Professions Conference

The following message was emailed to the Wake Forest community on March 15 on behalf of University President Nathan O. Hatch. 

Dear Wake Forest community,

I write to invite you to participate in the virtual conference on Character and the Professions hosted on March 18-20 by the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest and the Oxford Character Project at the University of Oxford.

The conference will kick off on Thursday evening, March 18, with a keynote session with former U.S. Secretaries of State Dr. Madeleine K. Albright and Gen. Colin L. Powell. This event, in partnership with the Face to Face Speaker Forum, will feature a conversation about leadership and character in public life. Read more

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Wake Forest maintains regularly updated COVID-19 website

Wake Forest is maintaining a regularly updated COVID-19 website with information intended to keep students, faculty, staff and others informed on the University’s latest announcements regarding COVID-19, along with helpful links to the current information provided by federal and other reliable resources.  The site is located at coronavirus.wfu.edu.

More than a dozen messages from University administrators, including President Hatch, are included on the site.  Some messages were sent to all students, faculty and staff, while others were sent to more specific groups, such as students who returned, recently, from Casa Artom.  As more messages are distributed, they will be promptly posted.

Several links take site visitors to information sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the U.S. State Department.

Recent information is also available regarding University policies regarding international travel and U.S. State Department travel advisories.

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Wake Forest offers apology for historic tie to slavery

President Hatch

At Founders’ Day Convocation on Feb. 20, President Nathan O. Hatch offered an apology for how Wake Forest benefitted from the labor and sale of enslaved people in the 19th Century.

“It is important and overdue that, on behalf of Wake Forest University, I unequivocally apologize for participating in and benefitting from the institution of slavery,” the president told those gathered in Wait Chapel for convocation.

Following Hatch’s remarks, Dean of the School of Divinity Jonathan L. Walton delivered a keynote address focused on both remembering history and taking responsibility for the present.

“We must acknowledge that our history at Wake Forest is both beautiful and terrible.  Nobel and tragic.  Honorable and despicable,” Walton said.

Also, during convocation, two extraordinary alumni—Dr. Larry Hopkins and Lou Bissette—were presented the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor given by the University.

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Wake Forest apologizes for benefitting from enslaved people

Founders’ Day program honors Medallion Merit winners

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WSSU, Wake Forest mark anniversary of Winston-Salem sit-ins

On Feb. 23, 1960, a group of students from Winston-Salem State University were joined by students from Wake Forest University to protest segregated lunch counters in Winston-Salem.

The historic sit-in led to a desegregation agreement among local merchants in the city later that spring.

A community commemoration vigil will be held Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in downtown Winston-Salem to mark the 60th anniversary of the sit-in.  The event is free and open to the public.

The vigil will begin in front of the Millennium Center and process to the corner of Fourth and Liberty streets, where a historical marker designates the site as the location of the “First sit-in victory in North Carolina.” Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson and  Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch will open the event and lead a Vigil of Remembrance. Wake Forest School of Divinity Dean Jonathan L. Walton will give a keynote address. The WSSU Singing Rams, led by D’walla Simmons-Burke, will perform.

More information is available here.

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Join President Hatch for a conversation about the State of the University

This announcement was e-mailed to staff and faculty on Nov. 5 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate and Senate President Mark Knudson, President Nathan Hatch will discuss the State of the University on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

President Hatch and campus leaders will engage in a conversation about various aspects of the University. All are invited to the State of the University event and a reception that will immediately follow in the lobby of Brendle Recital Hall.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can livestream the event here. (We will give you a link, but we do not have that yet.)

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