Distinguished Service to Society 2017

About Dr. Nathan O. Hatch ’68

A graduate of the Class of 1968, Dr. Nathan Hatch has been president of Wake Forest University since 2005. Dr. Hatch and his team have made significant realignments in business and medicine, developed new programs to educate the whole person, reinvented liberal arts education with personal and career preparedness, built greater community through a three-year residency requirement, and launched the largest fundraising effort in the University’s history. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Hatch is regularly cited as one of the most influential scholars in the study of the history of religion in America. He joined the faculty at Notre Dame in 1975, and in 1996 was named provost, the first Protestant to ever serve in that position at Notre Dame. Throughout his career, he has been a leader in the academy, including serving as chair of the Division I Board of Directors of the NCAA.


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