Dean of the Wake Forest College of Arts and Sciences

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, North Carolina

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Wake Forest University

Dean of the Wake Forest College of Arts and Sciences

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University seeks a seasoned, inspirational, and collaborative leader to serve as its next dean of the Wake Forest College of Arts and Sciences. The College is the cornerstone of Wake Forest University, the largest of the University’s schools and a thriving center of University life. The College’s 600 plus faculty members strongly affirm the enduring value of the liberal arts and sciences through their commitment to the teacher-scholar ideal and are collectively focused on the core tradition of a humanistic education, enabling students to understand – and ultimately help shape – the complexities of a rapidly changing world.

The nation’s premier collegiate university, Wake Forest is dedicated to educating the whole person and upholding the promise of its motto, Pro Humanitate – for humanity. The University is a distinctive institution, combining a rigorous academic liberal arts core for undergraduates, selective graduate and professional schools, and innovative research programs for its lively academic community of nearly 1,000 faculty, nearly 2,000 staff, and more than 8,000 students from 49 states and over 50 countries. Recognized by U.S. News as a "Top 30 National University" for 26 consecutive years, Wake Forest is committed to educating students to be bold thinkers who can address the most challenging problems of today’s world. This commitment is made manifest through the close student-faculty engagement of a residential liberal arts college with the breadth and resources of a nationally prominent research university. Additionally, the University's membership in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference adds to both the student experience and global reputation. Wake Forest is a place where a vibrant and diverse learning community integrates the pursuit of knowledge, the enjoyment of rich personal development, and a commitment to public service.

Reporting directly to Provost Michele Gillespie, the dean is the senior executive, academic, and administrative officer of the College, responsible for overseeing the leadership, external relations, and overall administration of the College's 30 academic departments and 30 interdisciplinary programs that span the arts and sciences. The dean oversees a $190 million operating budget and has administrative direction of its community of 506 full-time faculty and 108 part-time faculty (339 tenured or tenure-track), 182 staff, and 5,472 undergraduate students on its campuses in Winston-Salem and at Wake Downtown, part of Winston Salem’s Innovation Quarter. The dean's key responsibilities are to support, strengthen, and diversify this exceptional faculty, staff, and student community while continuously enhancing the environment for teaching, research, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The next dean of Wake Forest College will be an experienced, dynamic, collaborative, nimble leader who builds trust and community and forms strong partnerships to enhance and promote programs within and across disciplines – both within the College and in partnership with the other University deans. The dean maintains and promotes the College’s commitment to an extraordinary education, achieved through substantive student-faculty interaction in and beyond the classroom.

The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms; deft leadership, communication, collaboration, external engagement, and creative problem-solving skills; and exceptional administrative, financial, and managerial acumen. The new dean will be an accomplished scholar, committed teacher, talented administrator, and strategic thinker with the intellect, curiosity, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and other personal qualities essential to growing and fostering a diverse community and guiding the College through a challenging and changing landscape in higher education.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile available at Professional references are not requested at this time. WittKieffer is assisting Wake Forest University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by October 17, 2022.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Robin Mamlet, Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Lauren Bruce-Stets
[email protected]

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


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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