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Provost’s Newsletter – January 2014

Please see our January 2014 installment of the Provost’s Newsletter for exciting news and happenings within the University. To submit information to be included in the next installment, contact Samantha Perrotta at perrotsm@nullwfu.edu.

Steve Reinemund featured in Winston Salem Journal

Winston-Salem Journal reporter Richard Craver recently interviewed retiring business school dean Steve Reinemund.

Reinemund discussed his role as dean and his legacy.

“When Steve Reinemund became dean of Wake Forest School of Business in July 2008, he was determined to give students a hands-on, real-world taste of the challenges and opportunities of corporate America. That included helping them understand how preparation, integrity, having a moral compass and a willingness to lead are values that not only produce success in business, but also in life,” writes Craver.

“My experience in the business world is that when most people get into trouble on issues, they are making a spur-of-the-moment decision when their moral compass isn’t properly calibrated,” Reinemund told Craver. “If you haven’t thought about the context in which you are making your decision, you can allow the pressures of the moment to allow you to give into the temptation. I believe in the 4 Cs  of leadership – character, competency, commitment and compassion.”

The story, “Retiring dean of Wake Forest School of Business believes in 4Cs of leadership” ran Sunday, Jan. 19.

The Center for International Studies becomes the Center for Global Programs and Studies

To recognize a pivotal moment for international education at Wake Forest, the Center for International Studies (CIS) is becoming the Center for Global Programs and Studies (GPS).

“It’s time to both celebrate past successes and look forward to the future,” says Kline Harrison, associate provost of global affairs. “Our name change reflects a broader role as Wake Forest continues to build a community where international study and understanding are priorities.”

One of the University’s goals is to ensure that every student has opportunities throughout their four years of college to develop an awareness of and appreciation for world cultures, Harrison says. “Whether a student has traveled extensively or has yet to go abroad, global attitudes and mindsets can be incorporated into classroom and campus programming to facilitate intercultural understanding. Our team is looking forward to working with partners campus-wide to advance a more global culture.”

Visit the Center for Global Programs and Studies website.

Contact the Center for Global Programs and Studies staff.

Jacque Fetrow – Dean of the College for a second term

President Hatch and Provost Kersh are pleased to announce that Wake Forest College Dean Jacque Fetrow has been appointed to a second term in this vital role. Dean Fetrow took up her post in January 2009, and has presided over a historic set of College achievements, including WFU’s highest-ever ranking, significant expansion of our superb faculty of teacher-scholars, and an array of innovative new or rejuvenated programs across all academic divisions.

“Jacque has been both a strong, creative voice in helping shape our university-wide goals and progress and a tireless advocate for College faculty, students, and staff,” said Provost Kersh. “I’ve found her counsel invaluable and leadership steadfast; it’s genuinely rewarding to work so closely together.”

Dean Fetrow has also taken a central lead in the ongoing ‘Wake Will’ capital campaign; of our $600 million goal, well over half is sought for investments in the College, including student financial aid, academic programs and facilities, and faculty support.

Steve Virgil: Executive Director of Experiential Education

Associate Clinical Professor of Law Steve Virgil has been named executive director of experiential education for the Wake Forest University School of Law.

In his new role, Virgil will both support existing programs, including clinics, internships, externships and practicum extensions, and seek out new opportunities for meaningful experiential education. He will also provide support to faculty who integrate practical training into their doctrinal courses.

The position was created, in part, to help the law school adhere to proposed new standards set by the American Bar Association for oversight of experiential learning.

Virgil has served as founding director of Wake Forest’s Community Law and Business Clinicsince 2008 and is also the founding director of the Institute for Public Engagement, a university-wide institute that promotes community based participatory research and engaged teaching.

He has practiced law for more than 20 years with an emphasis on community economic development and the nonprofit sector. His clients include nonprofit organizations of all sizes and scope, from neighborhood associations to major private foundations and he maintains an active pro bono public interest litigation practice.

He teaches courses on community economic development, poverty, evidence and the nonprofit sector.