Sandra Boyette to take new role at Wake Forest, James Bullock succeeds her as vice president

By Kevin Cox
March 6, 2006

Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch announced this week that two veteran members of the university administration will begin new roles at the university this summer.

Sandra C. Boyette

Sandra C. Boyette, vice president for university advancement at Wake Forest, will leave that position June 30 to begin a new role as senior advisor to the president. Boyette, who joined Wake Forest's staff 25 years ago, was the university's first female vice president when she was named vice president for public affairs in 1989.

Hatch has appointed James R. Bullock as vice president for university advancement, effective July 1. Currently, Bullock is an assistant vice president for university advancement and, under Boyette's supervision, directs the university's capital campaign, known as "Honoring the Promise: The Campaign for Wake Forest." He has served on the university's staff for more than 20 years.

In a March 6 letter to faculty and staff, Hatch announced that Boyette informed him earlier this year that she wanted to step down as vice president for university advancement at the conclusion of the university's capital campaign this summer.

At that time, Hatch explained, he and Boyette discussed "the increasing demands and complexity of the fundraising and public relations needs of the University." In her current role, Boyette oversees both the University Relations and the Public Affairs divisions of the University Advancement Office.

James R. Bullock

Hatch wrote, "As you know, Sandra has served the University for twenty-five years in various development, marketing and public relations roles, including the creation of the University's first Public Affairs Office; the securing and coordination of two Presidential Debates; establishment of a University-wide integrated marketing effort; and leadership of the Advancement staff for a decade during which the Reynolda Campus generated more than $451 million in charitable gifts."

Hatch announced that he was "pleased to report that Sandra has agreed to remain as Senior Advisor to the President after June 30, 2006." In the new role, Boyette will continue a number of her present responsibilities. She will supervise the Public Affairs division of the University Advancement Office; lead Wake Forest's Integrated Marketing Committee; coordinate special projects of the President's Office; and serve as a member of the Reynolda Cabinet and Executive Council.

After joining Wake Forest's staff in 1981, Boyette was named foundations officer in 1983; assistant director of development, 1985; director of public affairs, 1987; vice president for public affairs, 1989; interim vice president for university advancement, 1996; and vice president for university advancement, 1997. She received a Bachelor of Arts at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Master of Education at Converse College, and the MBA at Wake Forest's Babcock Graduate School of Management.

Bullock joined Wake Forest's staff in 1985 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts at the university. He received the MBA at Wake Forest in 1995. Since 1985, Bullock has held several roles, including director of capital support in the "Heritage and Promise" capital campaign in the 1990s, associate director of development for the School of Law and the Babcock School, assistant vice president for university advancement, and director of the "Honoring the Promise" capital campaign.

In his letter announcing Bullock's promotion, Hatch wrote that as the campaign's director "James led the ambitious and successful effort to meet the University's largest fundraising goal in its history."

Hatch added, "He (Bullock) has established many important relationships that have benefited Wake Forest and will continue to help us in the future, and I am confident that James and his colleagues will generate new and expanded support for our mission."