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Letter from the Provost

December 8, 2008

To the Wake Forest Community:

I am pleased to tell you that, after a semester-long internal search, we have selected a new Dean of the College. Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Reynolds Professor of Computational Biophysics, will officially assume leadership of the College on January 1, 2009. I am grateful to the members of the search committee who provided valuable insights to this process.

Jacque epitomizes Wake Forest's teacher-scholar ideal and is fully committed to our mission. As a graduate of Albright College, she understands and appreciates the value of excellent teaching in a strong liberal arts undergraduate experience. She has been active with Albright's alumni association and was honored by her alma mater for her achievements. She also experienced a major research institution during her graduate work at Penn State, where she earned her Ph.D. Her subsequent appointments at several institutions, including the Scripps Research Institute, indicate the rapid strides and breakthroughs she has made in her profession.

During her tenure as a faculty member at the University at Albany (SUNY), she received both the President's Award and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching; and undergraduates there nominated her to the Golden Key Society in recognition of her teaching and mentoring. She joined Wake Forest in 2003 and in 2006, won the Innovative Teaching Award from our Center for Teaching and Learning.

Jacque's academic discipline reflects the exponential integration of the sciences, and her research is prolific and excellent. Her work is internationally recognized and respected. She holds concurrent appointments at our School of Medicine Cancer Center and our School of Biomedical Engineering and Science.

She is also an experienced entrepreneur. Immediately prior to joining Wake Forest, Jacque served as Chief Scientific Officer and Director of GeneFormatics Inc., a company she co-founded, after developing the primary technology that led to its formation.

In addition, she has been an enthusiastic and active participant in service to Wake Forest and the Triad since her appointment. She has served on a number of key internal committees, including the College Strategic Planning Committee and the Business Dean Search Committee. An undergraduate advisor, she has also participated in service trips and pre-school activities with our students. Her involvement with public schools in our area is also impressive.

Jacque's spouse, Brian Kell, is a lecturer in our Computer Science Department.

I know that Jacque will bring all of her considerable talents as well as positive energy to her leadership of the College. You can review Jacque's vita at: www.wfu.edu/college/dean/

Please join me in welcoming Professor Jacquelyn Fetrow to this important position at Wake Forest.


Jill Tiefenthaler

Wake Forest
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