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S P E C I A L D A T E S O F
I N T ER E S T :
May 18th: Baccalaureate
Service, 11:00 AM | Wait
Chapel. Speaker: Melissa
Rogers, special assistant to
the President and executive
director of the White House
Office of Faith-based and
May 19th: Graduation Exer-
cises, 9:00 AM | Hearn Plaza
Speaker: Jill Abramson,
executive editor of The New
June 12th: 2014 Staff Advi-
sory Council Staff Apprecia-
tion Event, 11:00 AM-2:00
PM | Reynolda House lawn
September 5th: THRIVE
Message from the Provost...
May marks another season of farewells across campus—not least to our newest alumni, whose com-
mencement we mark in a few days. As I meet informally with our soon-to-be graduates, a common
theme always arises: their profound gratitude to so many of you. Faculty members whose impromp-
tu advising session or passionate class discussion may have inspired a new direction; staff members
whose understanding assistance or extra measure of support helped transform a daunting new envi-
ronment into a welcoming home.
As we celebrate our graduating classes, we might also pause to note the increased pace of change
among senior university leadership nationwide. With deans and cabinet members across the U.S.
now averaging little more than five years in office, we can expect higher turnover in senior adminis-
trative positions than has been past custom at Wake Forest. (My own student days were marked
indelibly by College Dean Tom Mullen and Provost Ed Wilson, whose extraordinary service over dec-
ades contributes to my delight at being able to consult with them regularly.)
Wake Forest is evidently also attractive to peer schools, as our staff and faculty are increasingly tar-
gets of outside offers. Clearly our university’s reputation has never been stronger.
Thus it is both with heavy hearts and a measure of affirmation that we bid farewell to several of our
senior administrative colleagues as the academic year concludes. Three are departing for positions
elsewhere: Vice Provost Jennifer Collins is the new Dean of the Law School at Southern Methodist
University; College Dean Jacque Fetrow will be Provost of the University of Richmond; and our Direc-
tor of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Alta Mauro, is headed to NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus, where
she will be the founding Director of Intercultural Education and Spiritual Life. We look forward to
hearing regularly from Jacque, Jennifer, and Alta as they settle in to their respective new surround-
ings this summer.
Others leaving university leadership positions will, happily, remain with us on campus. Business
School Dean Steve Reinemund, who announced his impending retirement in January, will serve as an
Executive-in-Residence at the School. As was also announced earlier this year, Chief Information
Officer (and cherished member of our Associate Provost team) Rick Matthews will return to his post
in the Physics Department and also work with College faculty as a vital source of employing advanced
technologies in classroom teaching.
Search committees are already underway or will soon be launched for these among other positions.
As members of both staff and faculty searches can attest, we are a ‘destination of choice’ across the
board: the caliber of applicants for WFU positions is a striking affirmation of our present course.
Another group of prized faculty and staff colleagues were honored last week at our annual retire-
ment dinner celebration; as I noted at that august event, our five retiring faculty members who were
present served Wake Forest for a total of 194 years(!). The hallowed tradition of long-lasting dedica-
tion to our university continues, to our collective appreciation. Ultimately, we are enormously fortu-
nate to attract such sterling talent to our community, whether for shorter or longer stays. And just
as we anticipate the arrival of the latest crop of undergraduate and graduate/professional students
later this summer, we look forward to welcoming a new set of colleagues in coming weeks and