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Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (


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Jobs at Wake Forest University

  • Executive Director of Analytics, University Advancement

  • Winston Salem, NC
  • Job location: Winston Salem, NC Employment Type: Full-time Posted data: 2021-09-21 Req: R0003856 Please note:Additional documentation must be adde

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  • Vice President for Campus Life

  • Winston Salem, North Carolina
  • Wake Forest University seeks a strategic, innovative, and student-centered leader to serve as its next vice president for campus life. 

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  • Director, Student Services - School of Professional Studies

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Job location: Charlotte, NC Employment Type: Full-time Posted data: 2021-08-25 Req: R0003783 Please note:Additional documentation must be added at

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Wake Forest University Announcements

Hires and Promotions
  • Jonathan L. Walton

    Dean, School of Divinity

    Date Announced: April 28, 2019
  • Jane Aiken

    Dean, School of Law

    Date Announced: April 24, 2019
  • Eric Maguire

    Vice president for enrollment

    Date Announced: April 8, 2019
  • Janet Williams

    Vice president for finance

    Date Announced: May 24, 2018
  • José Villalba

    Vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer

    Date Announced: May 10, 2018

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