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

  • Announcing Kimberley McAllister as Vice Provost for Research, Scholarly Inquiry, and Creative Activity
    Dear Wake Forest Faculty and Staff, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Kimberley McAllister as Wake Forest University’s inaugural Vice Provost for Research, Scholarly Inquiry, and Creative Activity (VPRSICA), effective September 1, 2024. This exciting news has just been posted on Inside WFU, and I encourage you to read the […]
  • Updates in Research Operations
    Dear Faculty Colleagues, The Office of the Provost is committed to our faculty’s generation of new knowledge through research, scholarship and creative activity. We have greatly appreciated your feedback across the strategic framing process on how best to strengthen our support for your critical work. We have begun putting your advice into action, and are […]
  • Monthly Letter to Faculty: March 2024
    March 21, 2024 Dear faculty colleagues, I’d like to use this month’s letter to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Ed Wilson – my friend, Provost Emeritus, Wake Forest’s first provost, and longtime English professor whom we lost last week at the age of 101. Ed and I met during my on-campus […]
  • Remarks: 2024 Provost’s Address
    On Wednesday, March 6, Provost Michele Gillespie delivered her 2nd annual address to the University at the invitation of the Faculty Senate.
  • 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 […]

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Remarks from Provost Gillespie

  • Remarks: 2024 Provost’s Address
    On Wednesday, March 6, Provost Michele Gillespie delivered her 2nd annual address to the University at the invitation of the Faculty Senate.
  • 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 […]

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Happening this Saturday! The purpose of the Wakeville Arts Festival is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity on campus, while providing a platform for student artists to showcase their ideas and workshop new ideas. 🎨🎊 We would love to see you there!!

Happening this Saturday! The purpose of the Wakeville Arts Festival is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity on campus, while providing a platform for student artists to showcase their ideas and workshop new ideas. 🎨🎊 We would love to see you there!!

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Happy National Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week! At @wfuniversity, our graduate and professional students play a vital role in shaping the intellectual landscape of our university. Their pursuit of knowledge, innovative research, and creative endeavors push the boundaries of what we know and challenge us to think differently. Their work not only advances their respective fields but also enriches the educational experience of our entire community. Here’s to our graduate and professional students—your dedication inspires us all. 💫

Happy National Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week! At @wfuniversity, our graduate and professional students play a vital role in shaping the intellectual landscape of our university. Their pursuit of knowledge, innovative research, and creative endeavors push the boundaries of what we know and challenge us to think differently. Their work not only advances their respective fields but also enriches the educational experience of our entire community. Here’s to our graduate and professional students—your dedication inspires us all. 💫

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Dr. Ed Wilson was a humanist to his very core and has always embodied the very best about Wake Forest. Rest in peace, Mr. Wake Forest. You will be with us always.

Dr. Ed Wilson was a humanist to his very core and has always embodied the very best about Wake Forest. Rest in peace, Mr. Wake Forest. You will be with us always.

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The Program for Leadership and Character has four opportunities open for financial support, available to WFU faculty and staff each spring. These grants are funded by gifts from Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Kern Family Foundation, and the deadline to apply (except for co-sponsorships) is April 8.

1. Leadership and Character Course Development and Redesign Grants (annual, open to all WFU faculty)
2. Departmental Grants (annual, open to all WFU faculty and staff)
3. Travel for Interdisciplinary and Community-Engaged Learning (TICEL) Grants (biannual, open to professional and graduate school faculty)
4. Co-sponsorships (rolling application, open to all WFU faculty and staff) 

See Leadership and Character’s website for more information about each grant’s requirements, deadlines, and application forms.

The Program for Leadership and Character has four opportunities open for financial support, available to WFU faculty and staff each spring. These grants are funded by gifts from Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Kern Family Foundation, and the deadline to apply (except for co-sponsorships) is April 8.

1. Leadership and Character Course Development and Redesign Grants (annual, open to all WFU faculty)
2. Departmental Grants (annual, open to all WFU faculty and staff)
3. Travel for Interdisciplinary and Community-Engaged Learning (TICEL) Grants (biannual, open to professional and graduate school faculty)
4. Co-sponsorships (rolling application, open to all WFU faculty and staff)

See Leadership and Character’s website for more information about each grant’s requirements, deadlines, and application forms.

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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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