As we navigate the dynamic landscape of higher education and the unique trajectory of Wake Forest, the Office of the Provost prioritizes consistent and timely communication and strives to keep our community informed and engaged with the latest messages, updates, and visionary directions from the Provost’s office. Delve into our recent announcements, thought leadership, and institutional strides, and stay connected with the heartbeat of our academic mission.


The Provost’s Latest Messages

  • Monthly Letter to Faculty: February 2024
    February 22, 2024 Dear faculty colleagues, Effective university communication isn’t easy. It has to connect all facets of academic life across five schools and the College, hundreds of faculty and staff and thousands of students. It must underscore the value and purpose of the education and research we provide and bring assurances of its legitimacy […]
  • Monthly Letter to Faculty: January 2024
    January 22, 2024 Dear faculty colleagues, Welcome back. I bet I know what you’re thinking: it’s a new semester, you have great students, great colleagues, and great projects, and you already feel behind. Unfortunately, the Provost’s Office has not yet mastered the invention of time, but we do help faculty prioritize their work and get […]
  • Monthly Letter to Faculty: December 2023
    December 14, 2023 Dear Colleagues, As we conclude this semester, I am delighted to offer this update on the great progress we have made on our strategic framing timing and sequencing efforts this semester. In the short three and a half months since President Wente shared Framing Our Future with the entire university […]
  • Monthly Letter to Faculty: November 2023
    November 14, 2023 Dear Faculty Colleagues, I’ve been a faculty member working in administration for some eight years now, and I get my share of emails from community members about all kinds of issues.  I have never received more emails, and more jubilant ones at that, than after the October 30 Child Care Center […]
  • Wake Forest to establish a child care and early education center
    The following message is sent on behalf of President Wente, Provost Gillespie and Executive Vice President Travisano. Dear Faculty and Staff, We are thrilled to announce that Wake Forest University will establish a child care and early education center in the University Corporate Center. During its October 27 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a […]

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Remarks from Provost Gillespie

  • Remarks: Reece Collection/Of the Times Exhibition Opening
    Thank you for coming out on this cold, cold evening to celebrate this momentous occasion. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Michele Gillespie, Provost here at Wake Forest, and I would like to warmly welcome each of you. I am delighted to be with you as we open this new art exhibit […]
  • Remarks: 100 Years of Student Government at Wake Forest
    Remarks given Monday, November 13, 2023 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wake Forest University’s Student Government Association I am delighted to be here with you today commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Wake Forest University Student Government. As we have heard already tonight, we are not only celebrating a centennial of leadership but also […]
  • Remarks: Leadership & Character Scholar Induction
    Remarks given Friday, October 27, 2023 at the Program for Leadership & Character’s Scholar induction. I am so delighted to be here with all of you at this special Leadership and Character induction ceremony for our newest Scholars. My most heartfelt congratulations to each of you inductees.  It is no small feat to have been […]
  • Remarks: Worrell House Alumni Gathering
    Remarks given at the Worrell House in London, England on Monday, September 25, 2023 to mark the 45th anniversary of Wake Forest University’s Worrell House. Good evening to you all and welcome back to Worrell House!  As Kline noted, I’m Michele Gillespie, Provost at Wake Forest University, and believe it or not, although I’ve been […]
  • Remarks: 2023 New Student Convocation
    Remarks given Friday, August 25, 2023 at Wake Forest’s annual New Student Convocation. Good afternoon! It is wonderful to see you all again and welcome you to New Student Convocation. Over the past few days and in the weeks to come, you are going to have many opportunities to get acclimated to life as a […]

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In an inspiring example of experiential learning, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the @wfuniversity @lammuseum Director Dr. Andrew Gurstelle and Dr. Ferdinand Saumarez Smith from @factum_foundation is giving students an opportunity to delve into complex issues of preservation, repatriation and cultural heritage. Visit our link in bio and Stories of Academic Excellence to read all about it.

In an inspiring example of experiential learning, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the @wfuniversity @lammuseum Director Dr. Andrew Gurstelle and Dr. Ferdinand Saumarez Smith from @factum_foundation is giving students an opportunity to delve into complex issues of preservation, repatriation and cultural heritage. Visit our link in bio and Stories of Academic Excellence to read all about it.

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Each year, @wfuniversity marks its founding in February 1834 by coming together to celebrate and reflect on our traditions, our history and our people. Founders Day is also a moment to affirm the University’s motto – Pro Humanitate. This year’s program features the annual senior oration, musical selections, a celebration of Wake Forest milestones, and reflections from Vice President for Campus Life Shea Kidd Brown on the distinctive values that inspired our founding and continue to shape our vision for the future. President Susan R. Wente will also provide remarks. We hope you join us!

Each year, @wfuniversity marks its founding in February 1834 by coming together to celebrate and reflect on our traditions, our history and our people. Founders Day is also a moment to affirm the University’s motto – Pro Humanitate. This year’s program features the annual senior oration, musical selections, a celebration of Wake Forest milestones, and reflections from Vice President for Campus Life Shea Kidd Brown on the distinctive values that inspired our founding and continue to shape our vision for the future. President Susan R. Wente will also provide remarks. We hope you join us!

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At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Provost Michele Gillespie will present her annual address to the University on Wednesday, March 6 at 4 PM in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall. A reception hosted by the Office of the Provost will follow. We hope to see you there!

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Provost Michele Gillespie will present her annual address to the University on Wednesday, March 6 at 4 PM in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall. A reception hosted by the Office of the Provost will follow. We hope to see you there!

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Join Provost Michele Gillespie and Dr. Jacqueline Travisano on Thursday, Feb. 29 at 3:30 PM in Benson 401 to learn more about these important initiatives and how they will impact the Wake Forest community. A reception will follow immediately after in the Reece Gallery outside of Benson 401. See our website to learn more!

Join Provost Michele Gillespie and Dr. Jacqueline Travisano on Thursday, Feb. 29 at 3:30 PM in Benson 401 to learn more about these important initiatives and how they will impact the Wake Forest community. A reception will follow immediately after in the Reece Gallery outside of Benson 401. See our website to learn more!

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During this year’s Founders Day ceremony, @wfuniversity will award the Medallion of Merit – the highest honor bestowed by Wake Forest for service to the University – to Professor Emerita of English Claudia Kairoff. Claudia is most deserving of this honor, and we’re excited to celebrate her on February 15!

During this year’s Founders Day ceremony, @wfuniversity will award the Medallion of Merit – the highest honor bestowed by Wake Forest for service to the University – to Professor Emerita of English Claudia Kairoff. Claudia is most deserving of this honor, and we’re excited to celebrate her on February 15!

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It was a beautiful day to #HittheBricks and raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund! When the Wake Forest community comes together, our Pro Humanitate spirit is a transformative force for change!

It was a beautiful day to #HittheBricks and raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund! When the Wake Forest community comes together, our Pro Humanitate spirit is a transformative force for change!

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