New Fellows Reception Introduction

April 26, 2011

In the interest of time I will not start talking about why I enjoyed my time as a Fellow this year; not even I am sure when that would end. Take a moment and look around, I will pause for added effect.

We are surrounded by power. From a physics perspective power is the rate at which work is performed, or work divided by time (is there any question I spent time with Rick Matthews this year?). I want to focus on this equation, power equals work divided by time. Writers have lamented the fact for centuries that time is a constant. New Fellows, you have no expectation to change that part of the equation. You have been chosen as Fellows because you have the potential to influence the numerator, the work. Increase the work and you will increase the power; this makes you powerful.

Ideas are free and if we allow ourselves we can dream as big as our imaginations allow. As a Fellow, dream big—your ideas are the synapse between students and the administration. The continued success of this program is dependent on your chemistry. The network you form as Fellows will be your biggest asset as a team. As a Fellow you will learn to work as a part of a team and you will learn how to create teams. The trust Wake Forest University has to put you in this position is a credit to the university and President Hatch; for all of us here today are part of a team he started in 2008.

As Fellows we have access to the top levels of administration; the top of the forest you might say. From that view atop the trees you will be able to see the entire forest, and this perspective is important as you help shape university strategy. But where are trees and forests connected? At their roots, and from their roots is where they draw resources. Keep close to your roots as former students and help bring their ideas up. Do this and the entire forest will thrive.

To the new class of Fellows, you are all on the same team. Use this network of power and show us all how bright you can shine.

John Track
Wake Forest Fellow