Parents’ Council

About the Council

The Wake Forest Parents’ Council serves as a vehicle for parents of current students to communicate ideas, questions and concerns to the University through their Council representatives. To contact a member of the Parents’ Council, email parents@nullwfu.edu and the Office of Family Engagement will help field your question or direct your email to the appropriate Council member.

Parents’ Council members provide Wake Forest with direction by studying issues, offering guidance, acting as liaisons, and leading the Parents’ Campaign of the Wake Forest Fund. Parents’ Council members also serve as ambassadors in their geographic area to prospective Wake Forest students.

The Wake Forest Parents’ Council is comprised of approximately 165 families who have been invited to represent the parents of over 4,900 undergraduates. The Council meets twice during the school year, once each semester. Terms are two years in length and are renewable. Members are selected based on their interest in and ability to help Wake Forest fulfill its mission.

Activities of the Parents’ Council

Meetings: The Parents’ Council meets twice during the academic year: during Family Weekend in the fall and again during a winter weekend.

Parents’ Campaign of The Wake Forest Fund: Each Parents’ Council member is asked to make an annual contribution to the Parents’ Campaign of The Wake Forest Fund, Wake Forest’s annual unrestricted giving program. During the 2018-19 campaign, Parents’ Council members contributed about 55% of the $3.8 million raised in the Parents’ Campaign. Overall, 3,253 current and past Wake Forest families supported the Parents’ Campaign.

Throughout the academic year, the Parents’ Campaign chairs send messages to parents and families, seeking their support of the parents’ campaign of The Wake Forest Fund. If you are a parent or family member and wish to make a gift, you may do so at our secure website (please indicate “The Parents’ Campaign” in the Gift Information section).

Member login

(coming soon)

For More Information

Minta A. McNally (’74, P ’02, ’06)
Associate Vice President & Executive Director of Parent Programs,
University Advancement

Betsy Chapman (’92, MA ’94)
Executive Director of Family Communications and Volunteer Management,
University Advancement

Brad McIlwain (P’07)
Director of Family Giving,
University Advancement


Parents’ Council Leadership 2019-20

Parents’ Council Chairs: Claire and Chris Williams P’19, ’22 – Richmond, VA

Parents’ Campaign Chairs: Mary Dee ’93, P’21 and Mike Smith ’89, P’21 – Raleigh, NC


Parents’ Council members, 2019-20
(to be announced)