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Congratulations to Jennifer Collins – named Judge James Noel Dean of SMU’s Dedman School of Law!

Vice Provost Jennifer Collins has been named Judge James Noel Dean of Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. SMU made the announcement today.

“Jennifer was everything one could possibly wish for in a vice provost and cherished colleague: attentive to concerns across faculty, students, and staff, stretching from classrooms and faculty offices to Reynolda House and WFDD; creative in devising thoughtful and innovative approaches to topics from online education to well-being at WFU; and somehow amid it all continuing to teach hugely popular Law School courses–and raise her three fabulous children,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “That we will miss her terribly across our Wake Forest community is a profound understatement.”

In addition to earning both of the Wake Forest School of Law’s top teaching awards, Collins led the successful efforts to establish the LGBTQ Center and the Women’s Center at Wake Forest, organized a visionary yearlong series of conversations on campus culture, and this past year spearheaded the University’s planned wellbeing initiative. Last year, she also chaired a campus-wide group discussing expanded use of the WFU Center in Charlotte and played an integral role in creating the new Faculty Fellows program.

Collins joined the Wake Forest School of Law faculty in 2003, with areas of focus in criminal law and family law. She taught criminal law, criminal procedure, family law, and gender and the law. Named associate provost for academic and strategic initiatives in 2010, she was appointed vice provost in 2013.

Before arriving at Wake Forest, Collins was a homicide prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, worked in private practice, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit. Collins earned her JD at Harvard and BA at Yale.

She will begin her appointment as SMU’s law school dean on July 1.

Read SMU’s announcement here.

Campus Connections — this Friday, 11/22

Curious about campus events? Questions about the quad?

Join Provost Rogan Kersh and Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Hof Milam for Campus Connections, an opportunity for non-faculty staff to learn about, discuss and provide input about issues at Wake Forest University. Campus Connections, is a chance to gain a greater understanding of campus issues and university changes, while interacting with other staff who work in academic and student life. Enjoy a light breakfast while the Provost, Deans, and other administrators discuss current events at the university.

Events will take place in Benson 401 from 8:45 – 10:00 a.m.

November 22nd will feature…

  • Mark Petersen, Vice President, University Advancement, will present on the next steps of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest
  • Penny Rue, Vice President of Campus Life, will present on her vision of campus life for Wake Forest


Provost’s Newsletter – November 2013

Please see our November 2013 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

THIS THURSDAY! Thursdays at Byrum in the Welcome Center


The Office of the Provost


The Office of Undergraduate Admissions

invite faculty and staff

Thursdays at Byrum Center

October 24, 2013

Wine and Cheese Reception 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Program 4:30-5:00 p.m.


Neil DeVotta (Associate Professor, Politics and International Affairs) will analyze the rise in countries that are neither fully democratic nor fully authoritarian and the strategies adopted by political elites that ensure such soft-authoritarianism.


Phoebe Zerwick (Lecturer, English) will screen and discuss portions of The Story of My Life, a multimedia documentary that tells the stories of six intellectually and developmentally disabled adults in photography, visual art and spoken and written word.



Journeys to Success Speaker: Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Thursday, September 26

On Thursday, September 26th, The Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting it’s Journeys to Success Speaker: Valeisha Butterfield-Jones at 7:00 pm in ZSR Auditorium 404.


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