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Calloway School of Business and Accountancy establishes Jack E. Wilkerson Jr. Scholarship

July 1, 2008

The Calloway School of Business and Accountancy at Wake Forest University has announced the establishment of the Jack E. Wilkerson Jr. Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to an undergraduate business major.  Wilkerson, dean of the Calloway School for the past 12 years, stepped down from the post June 30.

Members of the Calloway School Board of Visitors surprised Wilkerson at their spring meeting with news that they had secured gifts and pledges to endow the scholarship.  Clay Small, a past chair of the board, said it did not take long to decide on a fitting way to honor Wilkerson.

“Jack has always been totally focused on the student experience,” Small noted.  “It became obvious that a scholarship in Jack’s name was the appropriate vehicle to recognize his many contributions to the school.”

Under Wilkerson’s leadership, the Calloway School has experienced significant growth and success.  Since adding the fifth-year Master of Science in Accounting program in 1997, its graduates have ranked first or second in the nation nine times for achieving the highest percentage of candidates passing all four sections of the Certified Public Accountant exam on their first attempt.  In 2004, the Calloway School dedicated Kirby Hall, a $14 million, 57,000 square-foot building featuring state-of-the-art classrooms and the University Center for Entrepreneurship.  During Wilkerson’s tenure, Wake Forest’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program attained national prominence, and the Calloway School has been ranked consistently among the top undergraduate business schools in the nation by such leading publications as BusinessWeek and U.S. News and World Report.

Wilkerson, who remains on the Wake Forest faculty but is taking a yearlong sabbatical, will be a visiting scholar this fall at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Palo Alto, Calif.

Under a realignment of Wake Forest’s business schools, Steve Reinemund, former chairman and chief executive officer at PepsiCo, began July 1 as dean of the Calloway School and the Babcock Graduate School of Management.  He will also be Professor of Leadership and Strategy.

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