Combining the Power of Transformation and the Strength of Tradition

This Catalyst message reflects some very special circumstances for Wake Forest Baptist and Wake Forest School of Medicine.

On May 1, we will welcome a new chief executive officer, Julie Ann Freischlag, MD. This extraordinary new leader succeeds John D. McConnell, MD, after his more than eight years of outstanding leadership of our Medical Center.

Here in our Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, we have announced the first leadership change in 11 years, and we thought it would be appropriate for the two of us—Norm Potter and Lisa Marshall—to share this message with you. Norm’s resignation was prompted by his need to spend his energy on the care of family members facing increasing health challenges related to aging, and Lisa steps into her role after six years of leading key aspects of our philanthropic efforts.

These leadership transitions mirror a theme carried out in our magazine. We feature how both change and continuity reveal important qualities of our Medical Center, as seen in the stories of three remarkable individuals—Jesse Meredith, MD, FHO ’58, and MD students Lemaat Michael and Nathan Roberts. Their journeys illustrate how our culture of transformation is rooted in a strong tradition of doing our best work and giving our best selves.

Norman Potter and Lisa MarshallWe are enthusiastic about our institution’s culture of combining the power of transformation with the strength of tradition. Preserving the best parts of our tradition amid change is something we do well. We are confident in the future of this office and the continued progress of the amazing philanthropy team we have built together and our important partnership with you, our alumni.

When you come back for MD Alumni Weekend in May, we hope you will share in the excitement about the things that have changed at our medical school as well as those that never will change.

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