UPDATE: On March 27, 2023, Wake Forest appointed Jacqueline Travisano, Ed.D., MBA, CPA, as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Read more on the Wake Forest News website.

On Sept. 15, 2022, the University announced Executive Vice President (EVP) Hof Milam’s planned retirement, effective June 30, 2023. President Wente has initiated a national search for the next EVP, partnering with executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates

Search Committee Members

Saylor Breckenridge, Associate Professor of Sociology; Secretary, Faculty Senate  

Michele Gillespie, Provost  

Mark Petersen, Vice President for Advancement 

Annette Ranft, Sisel Distinguished Dean of Business 

José Villalba, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer 

Eric Wiseman, University Trustee 

Susan R. Wente, President and Distinguished University Professor of Biology and Biochemistry (chair of committee) 

Ashleigh Brock, Chief of Staff, Office of the President (ex officio, staff to the committee) 

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Search Consultant Partners

Russell Reynolds Associates  

Anne Coyle, Jett Pihakis, Shana Schneider 

To nominate a candidate for the EVP search, email WFU@russellreynolds.com. All nominator/nominee information will be kept in strict confidence.


(subject to revision as needed) 

Engage Executive Search Firm: August 2022

Announce Search Committee: September 2022

Search Committee Deliberations: Late Fall 2022 through appointment announcement 

New EVP Announced: Spring 2023 

New EVP begins at Wake Forest: Summer 2023