Meet the Staff

Rogan Kersh (’86)
Provost and Professor of Politics and International Affairs

Provost Rogan Kersh ('86) Rogan Kersh received his B.A. from Wake Forest in 1986, and returned as provost and professor of political science in July 2012.  In this role he oversees the University’s academic mission and programs on the Reynolda Campus, working closely with President Hatch, the deans, and faculty and administrative colleagues to support and enhance research, teaching, and graduate and undergraduate programs of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as Wake Forest’s Schools of Business, Divinity and Law and the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  He also coordinates academic programming with the administration of the School of Medicine.  Prior to arriving at WFU, Kersh was associate dean of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he was professor of public policy.

Kersh has published three books, on American political history and on health policy; a 4th edition of his By the People: Debating American Government (with James Morone) will be published in 2019 by Oxford University Press.  His current book project is on “Millennials, Politics, & Culture”; he is teaching a Wake Forest course on that topic in Spring 2018, and has given dozens of talks on the millennial generation to audiences across the U.S. and Europe, including at TEDx conferences the past two years.

Kersh has published over 50 academic articles, and does frequent media commentary on U.S. politics, health policy, and the millennial generation. He has been a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, a Luce Scholar, a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.  In 15 years’ teaching at Yale, Syracuse, and NYU he won four university-wide teaching awards.  Kersh received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 1996, and has professional experience in the U.S. Congress, the British Parliament, and at think tanks in Tokyo and Washington, DC.  In Winston-Salem, he serves on the boards of the United Way and the RiverRun Film Festival, and chairs the Mayor’s Thought Force on Poverty.

Telephone: 336.758.3128  |  E-mail:  |  Read more about Provost Rogan Kersh »

Kami Chavis
Associate Provost, Academic Initiatives and Professor of Law

Kami Chavis, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Kami Chavis, JD, is associate provost for academic affairs and oversees much of the academic and strategic initiatives of the University while working closely with the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, WFDD, WFU Art Collections, the Humanities Institute, the Teaching and Learning Center, the Professional Development Center, online education, START Gallery, the Women’s Center, LGBTQ Center, University Press, Title IX, and the Secrest Artists Series. She is also Director of the Criminal Justice Program and a Professor of Law.

As the founder of the Criminal Justice Program, Kami led the law school to national prominence in researching and analyzing police and prosecutorial accountability and the U.S. criminal justice system. As the law school’s associate dean of research and public engagement, she has helped to elevate the visibility and impact of her law faculty colleagues’ scholarship and public programs. A well-known faculty member and administrator, Kami has been active with community members across the University.  Since 2015 she had led the University’s Police Accountability Task Force.

Nationally, she has gained considerable recognition in the news media for her expertise on criminal justice issues, including police and prosecutorial accountability, community policing and law enforcement and technology.  She is frequently interviewed for stories in television, radio, print and online news outlets. Chavis joined Wake Forest after serving as an assistant United States attorney in Washington, D.C. Previously, she had been an associate attorney at two Washington law firms.

Telephone: 336.758.3852 | E-mail:

Kline Harrison
Associate Provost for Global Affairs and Kemper Professor of Business

J. Kline Harrison,Kline Harrison is the associate provost for global affairs at Wake Forest University.  Prior to assuming his current role, he was an associate dean in the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy at the University. He received his undergraduate degree in organizational management from the University of Virginia and his doctorate from the University in Maryland in organizational behavior. His dissertation examined the comparative effects of training methods in preparing managers for cross-cultural assignments. His research has focused on various aspects of international human resource management with a recent emphasis on the impact of personality variables on students’ study abroad experiences.

Telephone: 336.758.4907  | E-mail:

Phil Handwerk (’93)

Assistant Provost for Institutional Research

Phil received his undergraduate degree in economics from Wake Forest in 1993 and returned to direct of the Office of Institutional Research (IR) in 2013. Institutional Research provides numerous statistical summaries and analyses of University data to institutional leadership, the public, as well as federal, state, and accrediting bodies. IR also conducts research exploring issues such as factors influencing student retention, graduation rates, institutional effectiveness, and student/faculty/staff/alumni satisfaction.  Phil earned his M.S. in higher education administration from North Carolina State University and his Ph.D. in educational policy research, evaluation, and measurement from the University of Pennsylvania.

Telephone: 336-758-5020 | Email:

Beth Hoagland
Assistant Provost for Budget and Planning

20120117hoaglund0931Prior to her current position, Beth was the Business Manager for the Office of the Provost and the Associate Director for the Lilly-funded Pro Humanitate Center. Beth’s undergraduate degree is in Mathematics and she has worked in university administration since 1996 with positions at UNC-Greensboro in financial aid and grant administration. Her current position includes working closely with Human Resources, Financial and Accounting Services, and Facilities and Campus Services.

Telephone: 336-758-5146  | Email:

José A. Villalba
Interim Chief Diversity Officer

José A. Villalba is interim chief diversity officer. Prior to his current position, he served as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, Evaluation, and Inclusivity in the Office of the Dean of the College. He also is a professor of Counseling. He has been affiliated with the Department of Counseling since arriving at Wake Forest in 2011, and served as its first coordinator of the Minor in Health and Human Services. Prior to arriving at Wake Forest, he was an associate professor of counseling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as an assistant professor of counseling at Indiana State University. He teaches courses in multicultural counseling, career counseling, health and human services, and supervises counseling interns. His research interests included health disparities in Latina/o youth, as well as Latina/o access to and completion of higher education options. Over the past 4 years, since arriving in the Dean’s Office, he has facilitated diversity and inclusion efforts for faculty and students, in an effort to address issues of access and equity across campus.

Telephone: 336.758.5840  |  Email:

Harold Pace
Assistant Provost for Academic Administration and University Registrar

20110728pace3912Harold L. Pace began his tenure at Wake Forest in July 2011 in the new position, Assistant Provost for Academic Administration and University Registrar.  He is the academic record keeper for the University, directs grading, student registration, transfer of credits, degree audit, represents the Provost in Commencement and Convocation responsibilities, and manages various other academic procedures.  His work is helping faculty and students administratively, so that they can focus on their primary roles at Wake, teaching and learning.   His professional interests include academic mentoring, advising, and student retention.  He plans to make use of the information obtained from the student data to support the academic decision process for the institution.

Telephone: 336.758.5262  |  Email:

Samantha Perrotta Turner (’12)
Director of Strategic Initiatives

Samantha PerrottaSam’s major responsibilities include ensuring that the initiatives, objectives, and priorities of the Provost and the Office of the Provost are understood, supported, and advanced. Sam partners with all schools and key university departments and offices to align the mission of the Office of Provost with the strategic progression of the university. Her role also includes developing and executing a variety of special projects and events. Prior to her current position, Sam was the Wake Forest Fellow in the Office of the Provost for the 2012-13 academic year

Telephone: 336-758-3224  | Email:

TaShaun L. Elliott
Operations Manager and Executive Assistant to the Chief Diversity Officer

Wake Forest studio headshots, Tuesday, November 3, 2015. TaShaun Elliot, Diversity and Inclusion.TaShaun began her career in secondary education in 2003 and has worked in higher education institutions since 2008 with positions in Academic and Student Affairs. She joined Wake Forest University in 2014 and worked in the Human Resources Department prior to her current role. Shaun is responsible for managing office operations in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and providing executive assistance to the Chief Diversity Officer. In addition, she works closely with the CDO’s Advisory Groups, the Centers under the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s umbrella (Diversity Education, Intercultural, LGBTQ, and Women’s Centers), and other campus partners.

Elliott received a B.S. from Winston-Salem State University in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and a M.S. in Adult and Higher Education with a concentration in Student Personnel Services from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.

Telephone: 336.758.3824  |  E-mail:

Debbie Hallstead

Executive Coordinator for Global Affairs

Debbie join ed the Office of the Provost staff in 2007 . In her role, she facilitates and coordinates efforts to ensure excellence for all communication, scheduling, organizational and logistical needs related to the Department of Global Affairs. Additionally, she interacts with the department of Global Programs and Studies , and also provides support to the program directors of the WFU overseas programs. Previously, Debbie served in positions including assistant to the chair of electrical & computer engineering at Virginia Tech, assistant for the assistant to the executive vice president at Virginia Tech, major accounts sales manager at Pulaski Furniture Corporation in Virginia, and branch office administrator at a local branch of Edward Jones investment firm.

Telephone: 336.758.4816  |  E-mail:

 Sandy Kokkonos

Executive Assistant to the Provost

Sandy received her diploma from Canadiagua Senior Academy (NY). She has 37 years of experience in the administrative field and was employed by Xerox Corporation for 18 years before relocating to NC. She worked at KMPG, LLC for 2 years before coming to Wake Forest and worked in the Graduate Business Admissions Office for one year as an Applications Assistant.  She worked for three years in the Dean of the College Office as the Administrative Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and is currently working in the Provost Office as the Executive Assistant to the Provost.

Telephone: 336.758.3128  |  E-mail:

Barbara Meredith
Business Manager

Barbara MeredithPrior to her current position, Barbara began her career at Wake Forest in 2005 in Financial Service in the Accounts Payable Department. Her current position includes overseeing various funding opportunities within the Provost Office such as the Faculty Travel Fund and Faculty/Student Engagement Fund. She is also responsible for financial reporting and budget oversight of programs with the Provost Office.

Telephone: 336.758.3142  | Email:

Melissa Mickles
Budget Analyst, Global Affairs

Prior to her current role in the Provost Office, Melissa started at Wake Forest in 2006 in the Human Resources department.  Her current position includes managing daily financial tasks, financial reporting and budget oversight for all budgets under Global Affairs.

Telephone: 336.758.5579  | Email:

Amalia Wagner
Administrative Assistant to the Vice Provost and Associate Provosts

Amalia provides administrative support for the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and the Associate Provost of Research and Scholarly Inquiry. In addition to that role, she also assists in logistical matters of the University Faculty Senate and supports numerous initiatives centered in the Office of the Provost. Prior to her current position Amalia worked for US Airways for 20 years and has over 30 years of customer service experience.

Telephone: 336.758.4900  |  E-mail:

Christina Soriano
Administrative Fellow and Associate Professor of Dance

As Administrative Fellow, Christina works with colleagues across the university to enhance visibility of the arts at and beyond Wake Forest, and help forge interdisciplinary connections across the arts and other Wake Forest schools and departments. Her interdisciplinary work includes collaborations with faculty across arts departments, biochemistry, and the School of Medicine. She is co-organizing a third university-wide conference on “Aging Re-Imagined,” and last month was awarded a substantial NIH grant for research carried out jointly a faculty member of the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Telephone: 336.758.4460  |  E-mail:

Mia Harris (’17)
Wake Forest Fellow

Mia graduated from Wake Forest in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, minoring in neuroscience and psychology. As the Wake Forest Fellow in our office, Mia researches, analyzes, and serves on special projects related to academic planning, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and university governance. She looks forward to bringing her interest in community development within higher education to the team.

Telephone: 336.758.4059  |  E-mail: