Paul Wingate joins Wake Forest Law as assistant dean of development

Photo of Paul Wingate outside the Worrell Professional Center

Paul Wingate

Paul Wingate (BA ’92) has joined Wake Forest School of Law as the new Assistant Dean for Development. “Paul brings a fascinating background to his development work for the law school,” says Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77). “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to us, and I know from development trips with him in Charlotte and Greensboro that he loves the law school and its alumni.”


Wingate took over the role on July 1, 2015, following the resignation of Jon McLamb. A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Wingate grew up in a Wake Forest family graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After graduation, he spent 15 years in international sales, first with Bonset America Corporation in Browns Summit, North Carolina, and then Commonwealth Laminating and Coating in Martinsville, Virginia.  At Bonset, Wingate was the Sales Manager and a member of the Senior Management Team.  At CLC, he served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing and focused on the company’s export business and relationships in Australia, China, Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

After earning an MBA at UNC-Greensboro in 2001, Wingate’s love and passion for Wake Forest and the desire to work closer to home led him back to Wake Forest and University Advancement, where he has been since September 2007.  Initially hired as a Major Gift Officer, in early 2008, his position was recast to Regional Director of Development (RDD).  As an RDD, Wingate has had primary territory responsibilities in Baltimore, Chicago, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Beginning in 2009, Wingate began transitioning his work to Charlotte as Director of Development for Charlotte and the surrounding region. In this position, he recruited and launched the Charlotte volunteer Wake Will campaign committee through the public campaign launch in fall 2013 and the Charlotte regional launch in January 2014.  In February 2014, Wingate began a hybrid development role, still working as a Director of Development in Charlotte and the Triad, but also leading the development effort with then Dean (and now Vice Provost) Lynn Sutton for the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

“Paul has had great success leading a number of Major Gift territories and the initial efforts on behalf of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library,” says Bob Baker, AVP Development.  “We believe that Paul is an excellent choice to replace Jon and to work closely with Dean Suzanne Reynolds.”

Wingate has both personal and professional connections to the School of Law. “I am lucky enough to count law school graduates as friends and, in my work as a Regional Director, had the privilege of working with law school graduates and leadership. I am excited to continue that work and grow my relationships within the Wake Forest Law community.”

He lives in Greensboro with his wife Brook (‘95), daughter Kate (10).  The Wingate family pets are named for the two prominent schools in the family’s life – Bengal the cat for their daughter’s school and Maggie (Magnolia Deacon) the dog for the iconic trees on the Wake Forest campus.  In Greensboro, he is on the Session at Westminster Presbyterian Church and is a former Greensboro Urban Ministry board member.  Wingate is also the Alumni Adviser for the Wake Forest chapter (Gamma Omicron) of Theta Chi Fraternity.  He enjoys golf, running, F3 and coaching his daughter’s softball team.

But not surprising, his passion lies with Wake Forest. “I am a second generation Wake Forest legacy, so coming back to work at Wake Forest in 2007 was a homecoming for me. To have the opportunity to work exclusively for Dean Reynolds and the law school is an honor and a privilege. I am looking forward to getting started.”

Joining Wingate in moving from the Major Gifts team to the law school is Logan Roach, who will focus on law school alumni and parents at the major gift level and on gift societies.

This story ran in the Winston-Salem Journal.