The Staff

Mary E. Pugel

Mary Pugel, chief of staff, was Dr. Hatch’s executive assistant at Notre Dame for eight years before joining him at Wake Forest in July 2005. She oversees many of the functions of the President’s Office, including coordination of the meetings of the Cabinet, liaison with the Vice Presidents and other senior administrators related to the priorities of the President, service on a wide range of university committees and other groups, and special projects as needed. She also oversees the staff of the President’s Office. Prior to her work at Notre Dame and Wake Forest, she worked in development and public relations for various organizations in both Seattle and Los Angeles, before a long career as a consultant for private schools.  She is a graduate of the University of Washington.


Cierra RaleighCierra Raleigh

Cierra Raleigh, executive assistant to Dr. Hatch, joined the Office of the President in February 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Wake Forest University. Before returning to the Wake Forest community, she served as the executive assistant to former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, and immediately prior to returning worked as an advertising professional with MullenLowe.


Marybeth S. Wallace

Marybeth S. Wallace, special assistant to the president, oversees the President’s Aides and the Wake Forest Fellows program. She holds a B.A. in English from Wake Forest University and an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia. Before returning to the Wake Forest community, she researched, edited, and wrote in a variety of capacities for North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina—as a grantwriter; college editor, instructor in composition; and she worked with the N.C. Wesleyan College Press. She has worked on special projects for the President’s Office since January 2006. She is a member of the Arts Council board and the PTSA board of R.J. Reynolds High School.