Nathan O. Hatch, former provost at the University of Notre Dame, was installed as the thirteenth president of Wake Forest University on October 20, 2005. In his inaugural address
, he pledged to draw upon Wake Forest's traditional strengths to build an even stronger learning community to meet contemporary challenges. "Let us rekindle Wake Forest's finest tradition: a face-to-face community, grounded in the liberal arts, passionate about professional education, and committed to living out the values we profess individually and as a community," he said. "I am confident that Wake Forest can build this kind of learning community at the highest levels of academic life. It is our heritage, our identity, and our greatest opportunity."