Wake Forest Law announces the creation of The Rose Council, formerly the Young Alumni Board
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December 18, 2013
Wake Forest Law’s Young Alumni Board will have a new name and a new identity in the new year.
The Rose Council will be the official name of the former Young Alumni Board, according to Joy Scheidt. assistant director of development for the WFU School of Law.
“In order for the group to be more effective and to have a strong legacy, it needed to be renamed to something more Wake Forest Law specific that embodied the integrity of these emerging leaders,” Scheidt explained.
The Rose Council is named in honor of Professor Charley Rose, who is one of the favorite law teachers of generations of Wake Forest graduates. He is an eight-time winner of the Jurist Excellence in Teaching Award and winner of the Joseph Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005. He originated the “Conversation With . . .” program, designed to bring experienced lawyers to the school as role models to share their stories in an informal setting with the students. He also served for 20 years as the advisor to the National Moot Court Team, including advising the team that won the National Championship in 1986.
A small team, including Young Alumni Board Chair Neal Robbins (‘07) considered a variety of options for renaming the group, Scheidt added.
The top options were presented to Wake Forest Law Dean Blake D. Morant as well as key alumni and executive committee members.
“The Rose Council was the clear front runner,” Scheidt said. “Professor Rose was initially reticent to have a council named in his honor. But after learning about the parameters and the responsibilities of the group, he graciously and humbly agreed to the name. We believe this name change embodies Pro Humanitate in action.”
Members of The Rose Council are alumni leaders who have graduated within the past 10 years. The group’s structure has been retooled and these emerging leaders are primarily tasked with: engagement, fundraising and feedback.
“These alumni have carved out careers in a very tough labor market,” Scheidt explained. “It is imperative we keep these folks connected to Wake Forest Law because their perspective and influence is invaluable.”