Wake Forest news stories: Highlights from 2020

Meet Wake Forest’s latest Rhodes Scholar, learn how the University is a national leader in the study of honesty and find out how professors have strengthened connections with students during the pandemic. The top stories of 2020 showcase groundbreaking research, exceptional teaching and key University initiatives.

More noteworthy stories and news coverage can be found at news.wfu.edu.

Wake Forest apologizes for benefitting from enslaved people

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch At this year’s Founders’ Day Convocation, Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch acknowledged the University’s participation in the institution of slavery. He offered an apology for how Wake Forest benefitted from the labor and sale of enslaved people.

WFU recognized for exemplary personal and career development

Office of Professional and Career Development on glass wall Wake Forest University has been awarded the 2020 National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) Exemplary Career Center Program Award. The award recognizes a career center program for its commitment to thoughtful, innovative and effective initiatives that support career development.

$3 million NSF grant supports search for heat-tolerant tomatoes

Gloria Muday Researchers led by biology professor Gloria Muday will determine why most tomato plants fail to pollinate when summer temperatures sit at 93.2 Fahrenheit for more than a few hours. The goal: develop more heat-tolerant tomatoes for future crops.

Going remote but staying connected

Sam Cho zoom classAt the heart of a Wake Forest education are student-professor relationships and faculty are determined to find ways to keep connections strong no matter what form learning takes.

$4 million grant funds project seeking truth about honesty

Christian B. MillerTo search for the truth about honesty, Wake Forest University philosophy professor Christian B. Miller and a team of researchers have been awarded a $4.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The grant is the largest Wake Forest has ever received for the humanities.

Wake Forest ranked among top national universities by U.S. News

Wrought iron at Wake Forest UniversityU.S. News and World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges guide ranked Wake Forest University 28th overall among 389 national universities. Wake Forest has been ranked in the top 30 in the national universities category for 25 consecutive years.

WFU awarded $700K+ to advance new model for engineering education

Students at Wake DowntownIf crisis is the mother of invention, the need for socially conscious engineers whose work is guided by strong ethical values and practices has never been more evident than in the fight against COVID-19.

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch intends to step down in 2021

Nathan O. HatchAfter leading Wake Forest University for 15 years, President Nathan O. Hatch announced he intends to step down at the end of the current academic year.

Wake Forest earns national recognition for global campus commitment

Student in Peru overlooking Machu PichuWake Forest has been recognized by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Diversity Abroad for increasing access to global experiences for all students.

Wake Forest senior Savarni Sanka named Rhodes Scholar

Savarni Sanka, Rhodes ScholarWake Forest senior Savarni Sanka has been named a Rhodes Scholar. Sanka, who is from Raleigh, N.C., plans to pursue a masters of public policy and masters of science in refugee and forced migration studies.

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