Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Video: KPMG Case Competition in Turkey

KPMG has put together a video capturing the spirit of the KPMG International Case Competition held April 6-8 in Istanbul, Turkey.

This year's competition was the biggest to date with 19 countries and 125 participants. A team of undergraduate students from the Wake Forest University Schools of Business earned the world championship title on April 8 at the KPMG International Case Competition.

Wake Forest, representing the United States, defeated the Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden in the final round of competition.

The Wake Forest team was comprised of accountancy major Megan Petitt ('11) of Orlando, Fla., finance majors Tim Rodgers ('12) of Corrigan, TX and Swayze Smartt ('11) of Dallas, TX, and business and enterprise management major Afton Vechery ('11) of Woodbine, MD.

CLICK HERE to watch the KPMG International Case Competition Video.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

When is a Lawsuit Necessary?

There are times when even the best companies must decide whether legal action is required to protect their business interests.

Equip yourself to make more informed decisions by understanding the typical timeline and process of a lawsuit. For an overview of the timeframe, costs, and components of litigation in the state and Business Courts of North Carolina, we invite you to join us for the WFU Family Business Center's Roundtable, "Lawsuits 101."

This roundtable will be led by Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice attorney Ronald Davis. The program will be held Thursday, May 19, at the Womble Carlyle offices at One West Fourth Street, in the Piedmont Room from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi Speaks at WFU Graduation

Indra Nooyi, the chairman and CEO of Pepsico, spoke at this year’s graduation ceremony at Wake Forest University. She encouraged graduates to never stop learning. Hear her speech here, courtesy of NPR affiliate WFDD.

In her commencement address, “For Humanity,” Nooyi encouraged graduates to remain open to every opportunity that comes their way. “Never stop growing intellectually; don’t lose your curiosity, your quest for learning,” she said. “To be the best you can be, you have to be a lifelong student.”

Nooyi paid tribute to two of her predecessors at PepsiCo — Steve Reinemund, dean of the Schools of Business, and the late Wayne Calloway (’59), who served as chairman of Wake Forest’s board of trustees in the 1990s. Using examples from her own career in business, she warned graduates not to become too narrowly focused on a certain career plan because they could miss opportunities that will could lead to greater things.

“Keep your childlike curiosity and never stop learning. Grasp every opportunity that comes your way and give 110% to generate these opportunities. Stay positive about yourself [and] assume positive intent about other people. It creates a virtuous circle of common humanity where you get what you give. If you do all these things, I have no doubt that you will make a different and help change the world.”

110516news Photo courtesy of WFDD.

Wake Forest Congratulates 2011 Graduates

The Wake Forest University Schools of Business congratulate 350 master’s and 238 bachelor’s candidates who will graduate as part of Wake Forest University Commencement on May 16.

Schools of Business Master’s degree recipients were honored at a hooding ceremony Sunday, May 15 in Wait Chapel. Holders of a master’s degree wear a symbolic hood draped around the neck and over the shoulders, displayed down the back with the lining exposed. The hood identifies the level of degree, the field of learning and the awarding institution.

This year’s graduate business students who received hoods included: 59 in the full-time MBA Program; 39 in the Winston-Salem Evening MBA Program; 48 in the Charlotte Evening MBA Program; 34 in the Charlotte Saturday MBA Program; 82 in the Master of Science in Accountancy Program and 84 in the Master of Arts in Management Program. Four graduates received joint degrees as part of programs offered with other Wake Forest schools: two with the School of Law and one with the School of Medicine and one with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The hooding address was delivered by Michael A.J. Farrell, chairman, president and CEO of Annaly Capital Management Inc. and chairman of the Wake Forest University Schools of Business board of visitors. He shared a mountain climbing metaphor to explain what the graduates can expect ahead.

“Within the next few weeks you are going to begin to climb a slope that you have had in your sights since elementary school,” Farrell said.

Farrell said he once came upon an antique piton, a piece of mountain climbing equipment that climbers hammer into crevices to secure their ropes. He shares it with his corporate team as a symbol of accomplishment, inspiration, and a reminder of the thin margin between success and failure. “There are moments when that slim nail is all that stands between success and disaster.”

Each graduate at the hooding ceremony received a commemorative piton from Farrell.

“You are the next great generation. You are blessed by the continued sacrifices of your parents and the legacy of your grandparents. It is your time. It is your turn. It is your world. Go get it and don’t forget your piton,” he said.
Students receiving class Leadership Awards for outstanding scholastic performance and integrity were: Roy Eli Hykal (full-time MBA), Brian Keith Patterson (Winston-Salem Evening MBA), Jonathan McEvoy (Charlotte Evening MBA), Matthew Edward Morrow (Charlotte Saturday MBA), Gillian Elizabeth Potts (MS in Accountancy) and Omar Chatila (MA in Management).

Other honorees included: Patrick Joseph Furey, Stephen B. Tips Award; Manabu Hoizumi, Luther Award and Entrepreneurship Award; Andrew Christopher John Verga, Andrea Mitchell Metzler Award; Mark Brandon Stillwell, Patel Prize in Finance; Kathryn McClure Chang, Finance Award; Joy Lynn Fuller, Marketing Award; Brian Christopher Price, Operations Management Award; Eric J. Welker, Health Award; Christopher Michael Langley, Federation of Schools of Accountancy Achievement Award and Outstanding Graduate Award – Transaction Services; Gillian Elizabeth Potts, Outstanding Graduate Award – Tax Consulting; Anneli Jennifer Browning, Outstanding Graduate Award – Assurance; Mark Patrick Bentley, Katherine Porter Knarr and Vidyuth Sukumar, Robert N. White Award; Itam Eyo Antigha, Samuel Wyatt Chocklett, Haley Rebecca David, Lucretia Dawn Hicks, Brandon Maurice Rasberry, Natasha Marie Wright, Omar Chatila, Gabrielle Sala Deathridge, Andrew Michael Hall, Mark Montes, Ashley Marie Robinson and Abby Elizabeth Rudd, Action Learning Project Excellence Award.

Bachelor of Science degrees were awarded to 238 Schools of Business students with majors in accounting, business and enterprise management, finance and mathematical business during the Wake Forest University Commencement Ceremony.

The following undergraduate students were honored by the Schools of Business: Megan Elizabeth Pettit, Delmer Paul Hylton Accountancy Award; Cari Jaclyn Wurzbacher, Lura Baker Paden Award; Benjamin Harris Goldman, Outstanding Achievement in Finance; Kristen Meredith Wood, Academic Excellence in Mathematical Business; Afton Kerry Vechery, Spirit of Wayne Calloway Award; Daniel Anthony Kiley, Levar Antwain Hairston Courage Award.

Dean of Business Steve Reinemund told the graduating class, “You have worked hard. You are well prepared to chase your dreams. I trust that you are leaving here with a sense of your true north, that your moral compass is well-tuned and calibrated so your success will come with integrity.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

By Whom the Bell Tolls

By JESSIE AMMONS ('12) Wake Forest Magazine

Kathryn Rohrer ('11), Wait Chapel carillonneur Before Sunday’s Baccalaureate, the religious service honoring graduating seniors, listen for the bells of the Wait Chapel carillon.

It will be Kathryn Rohrer (’11), an economics major and English minor from Richmond, Va., at the keyboard, ending her two-year tenure as a guest University carillonneur.

She will be leaving the instrument that delights the campus every weekday at 5 p.m., when bells ring out a powerfully melodic symphony. Sometimes it is a classical piece, unrecognizable to the average college student, but sometimes it is the theme song of Harry Potter or Coldplay’s “Clocks.” Rohrer played two “recitals” a week; University carillonneur Lauren R. Bradley (’05) and guest carillonneur Ray Ebert (’60) performed on the other days.

“I can play whatever I want,” Rohrer told me. She sometimes chooses from a drawer full of classical music arranged for the carillon. “What’s the most fun is picking songs I know people will recognize on the Quad,” she said, citing The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” as an all-time favorite.

She likes to have fun with the music. “Lauren and I did a duet of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ once,” she said. On Feb. 24 she played “Happy Birthday” to mark the 22nd birthday of her friend Ellie Poole (’11).

“When I think of Kathryn Rohrer, I think of smiles, laughing, reading, music, maturity and a woman of great faith,” said Della Hinman, a senior from Winston-Salem. The two sing in the University’s women’s Christian a cappella group Minor Variation.

A longtime piano player, Rohrer was taking private lessons during her freshman year with music professor Louis Goldstein (P ’93, ’06) when Bradley emailed Goldstein about her search for more student carillon players. “Dr. Goldstein mentioned it to me,” Rohrer said. “I thought, ‘I don’t even know what this is, but I’ll meet her and see.’” She went to watch Bradley play and concluded, “This is really cool.”

Rohrer enrolled in a course in Winston-Salem that summer to study the instrument, which is similar to an organ and features bronze cup-shaped bells. A carillonneur strikes the keyboard with fists and presses the keys of the pedal keyboard with feet. The University’s 12-ton Janet Jeffrey Carlile Harris Carillon, one of the few carillons still played manually, consists of 48 bronze bells donated by reverends and friends of the University in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Twenty-seven of the bells bear a cast inscription of dedication, verse or prose. One of the more popular inscriptions is on the bass B-flat bell, unofficially known as the “Arnold Palmer Bell”: “I celebrate the Deacons’ achievements on the playing fields: winning baskets, home runs and touchdowns, long drives and short putts.” And as the University chaplain’s website notes, visiting musicians and weary students respond well to Beethoven’s message on the second C bell:

I will grapple with fate:

It shall not overcome me.

University carillonneur is not a title Rohrer envisioned for herself at college, but it’s one she’s come to love. “It’s fun to be a part of the public life of campus, but I’m anonymous,” she said. “No one really knows that it’s me, but the whole campus can hear me, which is kind of crazy.”

Hinman said when she hears the bells, they seem “a special, personal gift to campus that day from Kathryn.”

As the child who never minded practicing piano after school, Rohrer still loves making music: “There’s nothing in the air, and then you sit down and you create something beautiful for people to hear.”

— Jessie Ammons (’12) is a communication major with a double minor in journalism and entrepreneurship and social enterprise from Wake Forest, N.C.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Enterprising Minds: Recognizing Entrepreneurial Spirit

Afton Vecher ('11) 2011 Senior Afton Vechery, a business and enterprise major, received the Student Award for a Commercial Venture from the Office of Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship on April 7.

The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards recognize students and faculty who have exhibited extraordinary achievements in entrepreneurship over the past year. Nominated by their peers, these individuals embody the entrepreneurial spirit in thought and action.


Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award for an Artistic Venture

Simply Megan
Owner: Megan Van Buren, sophomore from Hollidaysburg, Pa.
Major: Business and enterprise management
About the business: Van Buren has been running her hand-crafted jewelry business for more than six years. Last summer, she traveled to Europe to study jewelry design, discovering that necklaces, rings and bracelets can reveal a vast history in European culture through an artist’s vision and inspiration. After her tour, Van Buren developed a new line of jewelry using the beads she collected while abroad.

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award for a Social Venture

Both Hands Artlet
Owner: Bentrice Jusu, sophomore from Trenton, N.J.
Major: Studio Art
About the business: Both Hands Artlet is a nonprofit organization serving inner-city youth who are endangered by violence in their homes and on the streets of Trenton. Jusu’s vision for Both Hands Artlet is to become a center for creative expression and release that embraces all teens, whether labeled delinquent, misbehaved, intellectual or extremely talented.

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Commercial Venture Award

First-yeaer student Jonathan Williams 2010

Delightfully Daisy
Owner: Jonathan Williams, first-year student from Taylorsville, N.C. (right)
Major: Mathematics
About the business: Delightfully Daisy, launched in 2005, produces gourmet dog treats made of 100% human-grade ingredients that are free of added preservatives, by-products and synthetic food coloring. Using wholesome ingredients such as rolled oats and creamy peanut butter, Delightfully Daisy produces 5 oz. bag treats and single bone treats in the Poppin’ Peanut Butter flavor.

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award for an Online Venture

Owners: Thomas Chang, sophomore from University Place, Wash.; Shen Lin, MBA student from Taoyuan, Taiwan; Percy Campos, graduate student in computer science
About the business: A live web platform where members can access and update messages, collaborate on projects, engage events, create sub-networks and connect with other members. This platform can be used within or between businesses for collaboration. Bridgeye uses concepts from social media and integrates them with prominent search engines such as Google and Bing.

Excellence in Entrepreneurship in Mobile Application

Vincent Cerniglia ('12)

Campus Connect
Developer: Vincent Cerniglia, junior from Annapolis, Md. (left)
Major: Finance
About the business: CampusConnect is a mobile smartphone application that uses Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and RIM’s Blackberry to provide important data to students nationwide and potentially internationally. It allows the user to see what dining halls are serving; provides a campus map and school directory; offers quick access to data on college sports; and provides the ability to search for important news.

Service Leadership Awards

Maddie Brandenburger 2011

Maddie Brandenburger, Senior economics major from Greenwich, Conn. (right)
About this leader: Brandenburger served as an intern for the Nyanya Project in summer 2010 and as an intern with the Grameen Foundation in NYC during summer 2009. She represented Wake Forest as a student delegate at the Africa-Middle East Credit Summit Campaign held in Nairobi, Kenya, in spring 2010. A social entrepreneur, Brandenburger launched The Snap Project, which seeks to empower African youth by providing photography training and access to cameras.

Chelsea Dougherty and Afton Vechery
About these leaders: Dougherty and Vechery, both business and enterprise management majors, received a joint service award for their contributions to the Teaching Creativity in Higher Education Conference held March 31 – April 1. Their service covered the entire range of activities required for successfully preparing for, implementing and managing the conference.

Tim Griesser, Graduate school student from West Chester, Pa.
About this leader: Griesser built a user-friendly content management system from scratch. The idea started when he bought a Mac with a seed grant and set about learning how to write code. Since then he has launched a successful online business, My Savu, and is working on two more.

Billy Oelsner ('11)

Billy Oelsner, Senior biology major from Charleston, S.C. (left)
About this leader: Oelsner was Wake Forest’s first NCIAA Ambassador — one of 12 students nationwide to serve in this role. Oelsner received an NCIAA grant because of his involvement in both scientific and social entrepreneurship. He organized the Invention to Venture Conference in April 2011 to help raise awareness about resources available at Wake Forest for budding entrepreneurs.


Creativity and Innovation Awards

Charles Ramsey, Sophomore from Murfreesboro, N.C.
Recognized for: growing his passion as a musician and writer and his love of language and interest in how people think. Ramsey, also a Kemper Fellow, will be in Chicago this summer on a internship at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Spurge Carter First-year student
Recognized for: the gift of curiosity that fuels his passion for making an impact in the world. This summer Spurge will be working in New York City.

Faculty Entrepreneurship Excellence Awards

For course development

Dilip Kondepudi and Abdou Lachgar, Chemistry
Course: The minor in entrepreneurship and social enterprise is one of the most popular, with 75 students enrolling each year. One of the most creative classes developed for this minor, “Green Technologies: Science and Entrepreneurship,” is taught by Kondepudi and Lachgar. The course explores how new technologies can be made more sustainable and socially responsible.

For program development

Paul Pauca, computer science

Paul Pauca, Computer science
Project: A faculty member in the computer science department, Pauca initiated a program to help students develop mobile applications. As a component of the program Pauca designed an introductory course in computer science focusing on digital media. He and some of his students have started exploring the use of mobile technology to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. They recently released Verbal Victor, a low-cost augmentative communication system for people with communication and speech disabilities. Verbal Victor has sold over 1,300 copies to date in the App Store.

Russell D. and Elfriede Hobbs Awards

The endowment provides seed grants, internships, and other support for undergraduate students, and the Russell D. and Elfriede Hobbs Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement for Student and Faculty Entrepreneurs. Winners receive $2500 in recognition of their entrepreneurial achievements.

Faculty Award for a New Venture

Ken Berenhaut, math

Ken Berenhaut, Mathematics
Venture: Berenhaut launched “Involve – a Journal of Mathematics” as a venue in which undergraduates could be encouraged to write and publish high-quality research. His venture has grown to national and international prominence and can be found on the shelves of over 150 libraries worldwide. Berenhaut has published more than 50 papers with undergraduate students.



Student Award for a Social Venture
Emily Taylor
Venture: sells fair-trade products from around the world and is currently marketing its products to college students. hopes to become part of the dialogue on the fair-trade movement through the sale of socially-conscious products that are beneficial to struggling artisans from numerous countries. Fair-trade products sold by range from clothing and jewelry, to unique and different personal items.

Student Award for a Commercial Venture
Afton Vechery, Business and enterprise management
Venture: Kera10 was born out of an internship Vechery did last summer at a local biotechnology company, KN LLC. There has been a rising trend in crossover from biotechnology to the cosmetic industry due to the early revenue potential of cosmetic products that do not require Food and Drug Administration approval. Kera10 will be a “cosmecutical” spin-out from KN LLC that focuses on the hair and skincare markets, providing all- natural solutions to unmet needs in the cosmetics industry.

~ Kim McGrath, Office of Communications

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hinson Tapped to Lead Charlotte Campus

HinsonY Wake Forest University has selected Yvonne Hinson, an established faculty member and director of the Schools of Business nationally recognized accountancy programs, to take on the newly created role of associate dean of Wake Forest University Charlotte Programs. This comes as Wake Forest prepares to move its Charlotte programs to a new uptown location at 200 North College St., set to open in January of 2012.

“The Wake Forest University Charlotte Center will be in good hands with Yvonne Hinson in charge,” said Steve Reinemund, the dean of Wake Forest University Schools of Business. “Her personal and professional ties to Charlotte in addition to her excellent track record of leadership and community service make her the perfect fit for this new position.”

This move is a homecoming for Hinson, who grew up in Charlotte, earned her bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and started her accounting career there at Arthur Andersen. 

“I want to make sure that we are not just taking our programs Uptown, but also the spirit of Wake Forest – and to me that is continuing to provide quality education, partnering with the business community, and partnering with the not for profit community through experiential learning and Pro Humanitate activities,” Hinson said.

Hinson will work with the director of Charlotte MBA programs, Leslye Gervasi, and a director of non-degree executive education programs, to expand Wake Forest’s educational offerings and community partnerships in Charlotte. Hinson has recruited Ronald Veith, a former Accenture partner and director of the Executive MBA program at Queens University, to take on the new role of managing director of executive education programs at Wake Forest’s Charlotte Center. Veith will focus on developing corporate specific executive education, continuing education for licensure, certification and open enrollment programs. 

The Wake Forest Charlotte campus is currently located in the Morrocroft Centre in the SouthPark neighborhood.  The campus opened in 1995 with 30 students in one MBA program. Today, there are two Charlotte-based MBA programs (Saturday and Evenings) with a total of 180 students. The Wake Forest program is the top ranked program of its kind in North Carolina and is ranked in the top 10% nationally by US News and World Report.

Since 1997, Hinson has served on the accounting faculty at Wake Forest University Schools of Business, most recently as director of the accountancy programs. She is actively involved in community service and is a member the United Way of Forsyth County’s Women’s Leadership Council and helped found the Forsyth Working Families Partnership which offers a voluntary income tax assistance program for low income families.  Hinson serves on the board of directors for the Federation of Schools of Accountancy.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, the American Taxation Association and the Accounting Programs Leadership Group.

Creating Transformative Business Models

Every business faces a rapidly changing marketplace that challenges even the best ideas and plans.  How did Apple avoid a near death experience to become a market leader?  Come meet Steve Reinemund, the former chairman and CEO from PepsiCo who led one of the most rivaled battles in business history. During this session you will learn some valuable strategies to ensure your business plans and ideas are battle-tested.   

Steve Reinemund is a 23-year PepsiCo veteran who led the corporation as Chairman and CEO from 2001 to 2006.  Mr. Reinemund serves on the board of directors of American Express, Exxon, Walmart and Marriott.

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Stan Mandel, Professor of Practice and Angell Center for Entrepreneurship at Wake Forest University. He has participated in the start-up of more than 15 organizations across multiple sectors.  He is an educator, frequent speaker, and consultant and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur magazine.

Rocky Griggs, executive vice president at Bodhtree Solutions. He has 20 years of experience working in high-tech, media and most recently was a member of Microsoft's Management team. He has been a part countless new business ventures and product launches at Fortune 50 companies.

Date: Wednesday, May 11

Time: 7:30-9:30 am

Location: Worrell Professional Center, Room 1107

Space is Limited so register at this link:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

End of the Year Celebration!

Before we go our separate ways, let's celebrate the end of a wonderful and successful school year with one last festivity! 

Mark your calendars. On May 5 (a.k.a Cinco de Mayo), we will have the Official Schools of Business END-OF-THE-YEAR CELEBRATION at the Millennium Center. This invitation is open to ALL business students, faculty, and staff as well as their significant others and children. The party will begin around 6 pm and will include activities for the kids, music, food/drinks, games, and prizes. As the night progresses, we will continue our celebration at Tate's, which has reserved their mezzanine to accommodate our group from 10 pm - until. 

So, just to review:

WHAT:  The Schools of Business End of Year Party

WHEN:  Thursday, May 5

WHERE:  Millennium Center from 6 - 10 pm; Tate's from 10 pm - until

Please contact your local SGA representative if you have any questions.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dean Reinemund Discusses His Military Service

WFU Business School Headshots 8-20-09 Bobbie Shrivastav (MBA ‘11) recently attended an event at work where Steve Reinemund, the retired chairman and CEO at PepsiCo and current dean of the Wake Forest University Schools of Business, discussed his military experience. Thank you to Bobbie for letting us repost a blog that originally appeared here.




On April 21, at the Customer Service Center for Pepsi Beverages Co., we had an opportunity to invite Dean Reinemund as a key note speaker for the newest Employee Resource Group, VALOR. VALOR is an employee led group that recognizes, appreciates and supports PepsiCo’s veterans, military members, their families, and the communities in which they live and work.

Dean shared various stories and his learnings from his military experience. He served nine years in the military, in which four were in the Naval academy and five in the Marines. In his discussion, he covered four main areas on how the military has helped him succeed:

  • Military introduced the principal of servant leadership
  • Helped defined a moral compass
  • Allowed him to see the role and the criticalness of culture
  • Allowed him to see a difference between training and education

Below are the highlights from the discussion:

Servant Leadership

A great leader is one that shares the notion of service to others. In his military experience, leaders always eat last. It is critical to take care or serve others first. He gave a story of a platoon leader. The platoon team that wins is when the leader of the group cares for the team.

Moral Compass

A difference between great v. ineffective leaders is the notion of having a good moral compass. Dean shared his moral compass in which faith is at the core with family, friends, and country being surrounded by the core.

Role of Power

Power is a two edge sword. Leaders that use power for good leads to greatness while the opposite leads to devastation. Dean reminded us to stand up for what is right and not to go along with leaders that abuse powers out of loyalty and fear.

Role of Diversity

Military was one of the first institutions that were the most diverse. Everyone was at a level playing field. It taught Dean the importance of diversity and how it is crucial to success in the organization.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Welker Named Interim Provost

Wake Forest has named an interim provost and formed a search committee to seek a replacement for Provost Jill Tienfenthaler.

Tiefenthaler was named president of Colorado College in Colorado Springs earlier this month. Her resignation as provost will be effective June 30.

President Nathan O. Hatch announced today that Vice Provost Mark Welker will serve as interim provost. Welker, who is also the William L. Poteat Professor of Chemistry, joined the faculty in 1987. He was named associate provost in 2003 and vice provost in 2010.

Hatch also announced the formation of a search committee. “I look on the appointment of the provost as one of the most important decisions that a president makes, and this search has now become one of my top priorities,” Hatch wrote in an email to faculty and staff.

“We start this search from a position of great strength. I believe that we have the opportunity to build on the great successes that Jill Tiefenthaler’s tenure as provost has brought us, and I am convinced that this position will be a very attractive one to talented and experienced candidates.”

Hatch also announced the members of the search committee, which he will chair:

• Christa Colyer, Chemistry
• James Cotter, Senior University Appointments Committee representative
• Jill Crainshaw, Divinity School
• Timothy Davis, Law School
• Thomas DuBose, Medical School
• William Fleeson, Psychology
• Mary Foskett, Religion
• Cynthia Gendrich, Theatre and Dance
• Katy Harriger, Political Science
• Hof Milam, Senior Vice President and CFO
• Michelle Roehm, Schools of Business
• Rosalind Tedford, Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Mary Pugel, chief of staff in the President’s Office, will staff the committee. Lisa Prigohzy-Milius, managing director of Presidio Executive Search Inc., will serve as the search consultant.

Hatch said he hoped to fill the Provost’s position as soon as possible, but added that the search process “will conclude only when we have found someone who will provide the unique combination of academic and leadership talents our students, faculty and staff deserve.

“What we have all achieved together during the last four years makes Wake Forest University a very appealing place,” Hatch wrote. “The next provost will have the opportunity to help us realize even more fully Wake Forest’s goals of educating the whole person, attracting and retaining the very best teacher/scholars, and creating a vibrant campus community for students and faculty.”

Additional information about the search process can be found at