Dr. Nathan O. Hatch
Dr. Nathan O. Hatch spent his entire career in higher education – first as a professor and scholar, intriguing the minds of young thinkers; next as an administrator, learning and cherishing the value of teamwork; and finally, as president, providing steadfast vision to strengthening the community. On June 30, 2021, he retired as Wake Forest’s 13th president.
During Dr. Hatch’s 16 years at Wake Forest, he weaved together strong tradition and high innovation, attracted new talent, defined the vision of a collegiate university, broadened the University’s appeal and built strong leadership teams. He expanded academic offerings, enhanced diversity and inclusion, deepened the University’s resource base, renewed athletic facilities, pioneered in equipping students to navigate the path from college to career and worked to knit character into the fabric of the learning community.
Dr. Nathan O. Hatch became Wake Forest’s 13th president on July 1, 2005, and retired on June 30, 2021. His presidency was marked by a commitment to educating the whole person, developing leaders of character and honoring the mission of Pro Humanitate.
Since July 1, 2005, President Hatch led and guided the community of Wake Forest University. That time was marked by visionary leadership, a desire to strengthen the collegiate university, a commitment to educating the whole person, and a drive to continue to achieve excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.