College Board of Visitors Leadership Awards

In 2017, the College Board of Visitors began an annual award to recognize outstanding academic leadership by faculty of the Undergraduate College. The overwhelming response to this award has led the College Board of Visitors to expand their financial support and to announce the establishment of the College Board of Visitors Staff Leadership Award in 2020.

These awards recognize that leadership is a valued practice and confirms that faculty and staff leaders can be effective agents of change on behalf of the institution, students, and colleagues. These leaders are committed to our institutional vision and an abiding commitment to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, workplace innovation, and commitment to students and the Wake Forest community. The faculty and staff awards are funded by the College Board of Visitors. Nominations for both awards are due to Denise Griggs by early May. 

Nomination guidelines for the faculty award:

  • The award is limited to permanent faculty (tenure track and teaching professors) working in the Undergraduate College. However, it is not limited to persons in formal leadership positions like department chair and program director.
  • Examples of academic leadership experiences to be considered for the award include, but are not limited to, faculty/shared governance, program development, fostering collaboration between or among departments or schools, and/or marshaling contributions by a department or colleagues in achieving one or more goals of the College
  • Letters of nomination should detail, with clear examples, how the nominee embodies the role of an outstanding academic leader at Wake Forest.
  • A copy of the nominee’s CV should be submitted with the nomination letter.
  • Past recipients of the award are ineligible, but all other nominees may be re-submitted in subsequent years.

Nomination guidelines for the staff award:

  • The award is limited to full-time staff working in the Undergraduate College. However, it is not limited to persons in formal leadership positions.
  • Examples of staff leadership experiences to be considered for the award include, but are not limited to program development, fostering collaboration between or among departments or schools, and/or marshaling contributions by a department or colleagues in achieving one or more goals of the College.
  • Letters of nomination should detail with clear examples how the nominee embodies the role of an outstanding staff leader at Wake Forest.

The 2020 winner of the CBOV Faculty Leadership Award

Mark Welker photo

Mark Welker
PROFESSOR OF Chemistry

The 2020 winner of the CBOV Staff Leadership Award

Sheila Lockhart photo

Sheila M. Lockhart
Administrative Coordinator in the Department for the Study of Religions

Award for Faculty Leadership Winners


Academic Year Winner Department
2020-2021 Mark Welker Chemistry
2019-2020 Jay Ford Study of Religions
2018-2019 Sarah Raynor Mathematics & Statistics
2017-2018 Keith Bonin Physics

Award for Staff Leadership Winners


Academic Year Winner Department
2020-2021 Sheila Lockhart Study of Religions