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Three faculty named associate provosts

Three Reynolda Campus faculty members have been named associate provosts. Professor of Physics Rick Matthews, Kahle Family Professor of History Michele Gillespie, and Kemper Professor of Business Kline Harrison will begin their three-year terms this summer.


From the Office of the Provost
June 8, 2007

To the Wake Forest community:

We write to let you know of several changes in the Provost's Office as part of the transition that will take place later this summer. Both of us want to thank all of you for your warm welcome to Jill, the kind words and good wishes directed to Bill, and your continuing best efforts demonstrated in so many ways for Wake Forest.

First, as many of you know, Associate Provost Sam Gladding has decided to step down from his position in the Provost's Office on June 30 to serve as Chair and Professor of Counseling on a full-time basis. Over the past ten years Sam has served the Provost's Office and the University with great effectiveness, generosity, and wisdom, and we are all extremely grateful to him for his many significant contributions. We wish Sam well in his full-time role as faculty member and department chair.







Professor of Physics Rick Matthews will replace Sam as Associate Provost. Rick's primary responsibilities will be faculty issues, including promotion and tenure, and strategic planning. His long experience as a faculty member and department chair, as well as his experience from service on numerous university committees and councils, both standing and ad hoc, will provide the Provost's Office with valuable expertise and perspectives on issues related to our faculty and their development.

Kahle Family Associate Professor of History Michele Gillespie will also be joining the Provost's Office as Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives. Michele's experience as a faculty member and her involvement with a variety of university committees, including her recent participation as a member of the College strategic planning committee and on the University Senate, will be welcome in the Provost's Office.

Both Rick and Michele will begin their three-year terms in the Provost's Office on August 1.

We also want to thank William L. Poteat Professor of Chemistry Mark Welker, who has agreed to continue to serve as Associate Provost for Research. Mark's work with faculty on their research, as well as his leadership toward creating at Wake Forest an environment where faculty research can flourish, is vitally important to our teacher/scholar ideal. We are grateful for his continued service.

Finally, as you know we have been engaged in the search for an Associate Provost for International Affairs as part of our Quality Enhancement Plan. Kemper Professor of Business J. Kline Harrison, who also has served as Associate Dean in the Calloway School, has been appointed to this position. Kline will bring a well-recognized deep commitment to international education and cross-cultural learning, as well as great energy, to implementing our QEP plan at Wake Forest. Kline will begin his three-year position on July 1.

We wish you all a productive summer and hope you find time to enjoy the somewhat different pace that the coming weeks promise.


William C. Gordon

Jill Tiefenthaler

Wake Forest
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