Dr. Susan R. Wente selected as Wake Forest’s 14th President

Dear Wake Forest community,

Thank you to so many of you who have contributed to Wake Forest’s search for its 14th president. On behalf of the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that we have invited Susan R. Wente to be our next president. Dr. Wente, who currently serves as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Vanderbilt University, will begin her presidency on July 1, 2021.

A renowned biomedical scientist and visionary higher education leader, Dr. Wente has served as Vanderbilt’s provost and vice chancellor for the past seven years. She took on the additional role of interim chancellor from August 2019 to June 2020. During her tenure at Vanderbilt, Dr. Wente has advanced the excellence of academic programs and guided the university’s response to the pandemic.

Dr. Wente has been widely praised for her bold and engaged leadership and for accomplishing a number of firsts, including the appointment of Vanderbilt’s first female athletic director and the creation of the university’s Office of Inclusive Excellence. Wente led Vanderbilt’s efforts to launch a new structure for the university and medical center’s academic relationship. As provost, she has been the chief academic officer responsible for all 10 of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges. She also developed the university’s 10-year strategic plan. Wente has overseen innovative initiatives to enhance the undergraduate experience and elevate the arts and humanities, and she served as the Vanderbilt faculty athletics representative for the Southeastern Conference and NCAA. I invite you to see her impressive biography and learn more about her.

When asked about her interest in becoming president of Wake Forest, Dr. Wente said, “I have long admired the people associated with Wake Forest. This is a special institution, committed to excellence with a tremendous ability to develop leaders of great integrity for our world. I look forward to joining the Wake Forest community and working with the outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni to seize the multitude of opportunities for Wake Forest to excel even further as a national leader and model.”

The presidential search included an extraordinary field of diverse candidates who represented the full spectrum of the higher education landscape and several non-traditional backgrounds. Dr. Wente emerged as the leading candidate because of her unique combination of experiences, talents and passions, and she was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee. Noted for her dedication to the success of the institution above her own personal achievement, Dr. Wente is a deliberate, empathetic servant leader, intent on building teams and listening to members of the community.

I would like to thank the members of the Search Committee for their outstanding work and shared commitment in recommending Wake Forest’s 14th president. They entered this work with the intention of seeking the best leader for our community, and they fulfilled their responsibilities based on a common belief in Wake Forest and her mission and with great integrity, judgment and energy. Their comments and thoughts about the selection of Dr. Wente are available on the Presidential Search website.

I would also like to thank the Board of Trustees and the entire Wake Forest community for your advice and engagement in helping us understand what Wake Forest needs. Your input was invaluable as we went about our work. Together, we learned that the Wake Forest that we know and love has a distinct identity that is understood and respected across higher education.

Finally, I would like to again share my gratitude for Nathan and Julie Hatch, who have devoted 16 years to the flourishing of Wake Forest University. Their dedication to this community has been unmatched, and we are a better place because of their leadership, partnership and friendship.

In the coming months, I look forward to joining together as we celebrate the work and legacy of the Hatches and introduce Dr. Susan Wente, and her husband, Dr. Chris Hardy, and their family to the Wake Forest community.

Sincerely,

Gerald Roach (’80, JD ’82, P ’09, P ’12, P ’12)
Chair, Wake Forest Board of Trustees
Chair, Search Committee

Categories: Admissions

Happy Holidays and Final Application Instructions!

December 23 is the final day the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be open in 2020. We will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021. Collectively, we are all looking forward to spending extended time with our families before the application review season begins. While applying to college is necessary and a touch stressful, we hope that you are able to find the time these final days of the year to clear your head. Go outside! Read a book or two. Get away from all monitors (from handheld to computer to television). We know that your application is important, and we respect that this process means so much to you. That said, it is just one of many vital tasks you will complete over the course of your life. You are going to get into college, and that school will undoubtedly be a terrific place to learn and grow. So take a deep breath and relax this holiday season. You’ve earned it.

What follows are some things to keep in mind relating to our process as you work to finalize your application:

  • If January 1 comes and goes and you find that your application was officially submitted after midnight, please do not panic. We fully expect that the Common Application, the Coalition application, and our own online application portal will be especially busy all day on Friday, January 1. Give yourself ample time, but do not worry if technical difficulties hamper your ability to submit prior to midnight. Remember, you do have all day on 1/1/21 to work on your application!
  • You may apply to Wake Forest using our online application, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application.
  • Please give us until February 1 before reaching out with questions about the status of your application. It can take a few weeks for applications and supporting materials, regardless of whether they were submitted online or via mail, to be fully processed and entered into our system.
    • We do not track the receipt of supplementary materials (documents or items that are not required as part of our process). Trust that if you or someone on your behalf submits to us additional information beyond that which is required, it will successfully be added to your application.
  • On interviews: interviewing has concluded for the year. There are no additional appointments available. We do not offer alumni interviews. Many students will be offered admission who did not interview with us. Take advantage of the short-response prompts on our application and supplement to thoughtfully share your interests and ideas with us.
  • Early Decision II applicants: everything above applies to you as well! ED II decisions will be mailed no later than February 15. (Unlike with our Early Decision plan, our ED II and Regular Decision admission plans are not rolling.)

We wish you great luck throughout this process and a happy new year!

Interview Availability: Fall Update

Interview season has concluded for the Class of 2025.

We know that we were not able to meet with every applicant. If you were unable to schedule an interview, don’t worry. Wake Forest will offer admission to a great number of students who have not interviewed. Please remember that the interview is an optional part of the application.

“What can I do now?” This is a question we hear often.

  • First, please remember that there are your essay and short-answer-prompt responses. We look forward to reading them. Our short-response prompts represent questions that are uniquely Wake Forest and thus afford you the opportunity to show us what is “uniquely you.” So, when preparing your essay and your answers to these prompts, take advantage of the opportunity to give us a glimpse into what drives you intellectually. Tell us what you’ve read, what you’ve done, what you think. About what? About anything and everything that is important to you.
  • Collectively, the Wake Forest Admissions Committee has over 100 years of experience reviewing applications; we are good at evaluating your stories and seeing all you have to offer. Seek to be as thoughtful with your responses as you believe you would be to questions in an interview. We look forward to learning more about you during application review.
  • You are also welcome to submit a short, informal email to your regional admissions representative introducing yourself and giving details as to what you would have shared in an interview.

Interview Availability: Fall Update

As many of you have discovered, all webcam appointments are booked through the remainder of October. We know that we will not meet with every applicant. We were able to schedule most interview requests that we received from May 1 through early October, yet continuing to do so is proving difficult, with demand greatly exceeding available opportunities. Don’t worry. Wake Forest will offer admission to a great number of students who have not interviewed. Please remember that the interview is an optional part of the application.

Update:

  • Going forward, please request a webcam interview.
  • Requests will receive a response through the beginning of December, but you will only hear from us if there is interview availability.
  • We are only able to confirm an interview requested through the interview-request form. We cannot accommodate a request for an interview made by email or phone. Finally, we do not offer regional alumni interviews.
  • Interviews will run through the beginning of December.

“What can I do now?” This is a question we hear often.

  • First, please see above for information about the interview-request form.
  • And then, there are your essay and short-answer-prompt responses. We look forward to reading them. Our short-response prompts represent questions that are uniquely Wake Forest and thus afford you the opportunity to show us what is “uniquely you.” So, when preparing your essay and your answers to these prompts, take advantage of the opportunity to give us a glimpse into what drives you intellectually. Tell us what you’ve read, what you’ve done, what you think. About what? About anything and everything that is important to you.
  • Collectively, the Wake Forest Admissions Committee has over 100 years of experience reviewing applications; we are good at evaluating your stories and seeing all you have to offer. Seek to be as thoughtful with your responses as you believe you would be to questions in an interview. We look forward to learning more about you during application review.
  • You are also welcome to submit a short, informal email to your regional admissions representative introducing yourself and giving details as to what you would have shared in an interview.

Campus Tours Offered!

Walking on Wake Forest’s campus, with the chapel bells ringing and birds singing, one feels contemplative. There is beauty and community and a setting in which to do one’s best thinking.

We want you to have that experience. We’re delighted to offer limited campus tours for high-school seniors who have completed an interview with Wake Forest Admissions or submitted an application to us. You will receive an email with instructions on how to register for a tour.

Tours will begin Tuesday, September 8.

So, if you haven’t already, please schedule a webcam interview or complete our application.

Find the right context for introspection and inspiration here.

Sincerely,

Eric Maguire
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University

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