April 24th, 2014
President Hatch sent the following email to the campus community earlier this week.
Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,
After more than a decade of exemplary service to Wake Forest University, including more than five years as Dean of the College, Jacque Fetrow will become Provost at the University of Richmond on July 1.
Dean Fetrow’s leadership has provided a much-valued steady hand at the helm during turbulent times for a liberal arts education nationally. As Dean since 2009, her tenure has been marked by a strong reaffirmation of the College’s signature tradition of close student-faculty engagement, with support for the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URECA) Center, development of the Office of Academic Advising, and fundraising to support initiatives led by the Associate Dean for Student-Faculty Academic Initiatives. Her support for our teacher-scholar model has been integral in U.S. News & World Report’s 11th place ranking for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” this year, as well as our highest-ever ranking among national universities at 23rd.
Dean Fetrow has been a central figure in Wake Will fundraising, helping to secure over $180 million in gifts and pledges for student scholarships and financial aid, faculty and departmental support including facilities improvements, and strategic initiatives. She also made great strides in aligning the College’s financial and budgeting processes with evolving University systems, and extensively reorganized the structure and management of the Dean’s Office and College more broadly.
We are immensely grateful for Dean Fetrow’s leadership, which has included development of a strong team in the College Dean’s office. Senior Associate Deans Rebecca Thomas and Randy Rogan, along with Associate Deans Anne Boyle, Christy Buchanan, David Levy, and José Villalba, will continue to work with Dean Fetrow in leading the College’s regular operations. A search advisory committee will soon be named to begin the process of choosing a successor as Dean of the College.
Nathan O. Hatch