Meet the Staff

Rogan Kersh (’86)

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.  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 two books, on American political history and on health policy, and his By the People (with James Morone) was published in January 2013 by Oxford University Press.  He has published over 50 academic articles, and does frequent media commentary on U.S. politics.  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 has 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.

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Lynn Sutton
Vice Provost 

Lynn Sutton, Vice ProvostLynn Sutton, Ph.D. is Vice Provost 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 the former Dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Under her leadership, the ZSR Library has focused on outreach to students and faculty and has become the unquestioned intellectual center of campus. Known for its innovative and creative approach, ZSR was the winner of the 2011 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.

Lynn has a wide variety of scholarly interests, speaking and publishing on such topics as the future of libraries, intellectual freedom, library collaboration, collection development, and leadership theory. She is the recipient of the 2009 American Library Association-Allied Professional Association Sirsi-Dynix Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers. Active in numerous leadership positions throughout her career, Lynn currently serves as President of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. In 2010, Sutton published her book Access Denied:  How Internet Filters Impact Student Learning in High Schools through Cambria Press.

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:

Bruce King
Associate Provost for Research

 Bruce KingS. Bruce King is the associate provost for research at Wake Forest University.  Bruce earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in forestry and medicinal chemistry from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Cornell University.  Following a post-doctoral position at the Scripps Research Institute with K. Barry Sharpless, he joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1995.  He teaches organic chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate level and his research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on the biological chemistry of nitric oxide. He currently is a member of the Translational Science Center and the head of the Synthetic Core Lab of the Comprehensive Cancer Center of WFU.

Telephone: 336.758.5774  |  E-mail:


Barbee Oakes
Chief Diversity Officer

Barbee OakesBarbee Myers Oakes is the assistant provost for diversity and inclusion. Prior to her current position, she served as the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University for 14 years. Under her leadership, the OMA implemented key retention strategies that positioned Wake Forest among the most successful institutions in the nation with respect to graduating students of color.  An exercise physiologist by training, Oakes received a B.S. with honors and an M.A. in exercise science from Wake Forest. As a Hylton Smith Fellow, she received a Ph.D. in exercise physiology and nutrition from the University of Tennessee and was the first African American female with a doctorate in the American College of Sports Medicine. Oakes has held academic appointments as an assistant professor at Wake Forest, Arizona State and Penn State University. Her current research interests include the identification of the tools students of color need to successfully navigate the journey of higher education.

Telephone: 336.758.3106  |  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:

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:



Barbara Meredith

Barbara Meredith
Financial Assistant

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Samantha PerrottaSamantha Perrotta
Event and Project Manager

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Wake Forest studio headshots,  Tuesday, November 3, 2015. TaShaun Elliot, Diversity and Inclusion.

TaShaun L. Elliott
Administrative Coordinator

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Debbie Hallstead

Debbie Hallstead
Administrative Assistant to the Associate Provost for Global Affairs

Telephone: 336.758.4816  |  E-mail:


Anita Hughes

Sandy Kokkonos
Executive Assistant to the Provost

Telephone: 336.758.3128  |  E-mail:



Amalia Wagner
Amalia WagnerAdministrative Assistant

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Nehemiah Rolle (’15)
Wake Forest Fellow

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