On December 15, 2022, the University announced Senior Vice President and General Counsel J. Reid Morgan’s planned retirement, effective June 30, 2023. President Wente has initiated a national search for the next Vice President and General Counsel, partnering with executive search firm Major, Lindsey and Africa

Position description

Search Committee Members

Susan R. Wente, President and Distinguished University Professor of Biology and Biochemistry (Committee Chair) 

Shea Kidd Brown, Vice President for Campus Life 

Bobby Burchfield, University Trustee 

Julia Jackson-Newsom, Senior Advisor for Planning and Partnerships, Office of the President 

Anthony Marsh, Interim Dean of the College 

Matthew Phillips, Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost 

Raisur Rahman, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of History

Matthew King, ex officio, Chair of the Wake Forest University Board of Trustees

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

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Search Consultant Partners

Major, Lindsey, and Africa

Deborah Ben-Canaan, Stephanie Crosse, Heather Fine 

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(subject to revision as needed) 

Engage Executive Search Firm: December 2022

Announce Search Committee: January 2023

Search Committee Deliberations: Spring 2023 through appointment announcement

New VP and General Counsel Announced: Spring 2023 

New VP and General Counsel begins at Wake Forest: Summer 2023