Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism

Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Wake Forest University seeks a transformative leader to serve as the next Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism. This is a tremendous opportunity for an individual with exceptional academic, professional, or high level business experience to shape the Center’s future, making it the preeminent space for public discourse, interdisciplinary research, and innovative teaching as it relates to capitalism and its multifaceted contributions to a just and humane society.

More specifically, the Executive Director will lead the effort to strengthen the Center’s existing status within the School of Business and bolster its connection to the broader campus community, while also enhancing the Center’s financial standing and resources through strategic fundraising. The Executive Director will also serve as the external face of the Center, communicating its exceptional story in such a way that raises its national profile. In addition to an outstanding record of professional achievement, the successful candidate will bring a deep commitment to shaping the future of business education while furthering the public discourse regarding capitalism through innovative, bold, inspired and effective leadership.

Established in 2008, the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism is a leading voice in the academy, the business world and beyond. The Center is widely recognized for its content expertise, curricular advances, and cutting-edge programming. Housed within the Wake Forest School of Business, the Center has initiated novel conversations and deep thinking around capitalism, both in the School of Business and across the University. Likewise, the Center, largely through the work of its leadership, faculty fellows, and executives in residence, has provided thought leadership to a broad public through relevant campus programming and a number of important national media appearances.

The School of Business is committed to helping businesses create a better world by developing passionate, ethical leaders who get results with integrity, as well as thought leadership that is visible and positively impacts the practice of business. As a result of this commitment, the School of Business is consistently placed among the world’s best by major ranking organizations. The AACSB-accredited, nationally-ranked School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in various business disciplines as well as Master’s Degrees in Management, Accounting, Business Analytics, and Business Administration.

Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Wake Forest University is routinely ranked among the top thirty national universities in the country. Current enrollment is 8,116 students (5,102 undergraduates and 3,014 graduate and professional students), who enjoy access to academic and technological resources typically associated with much larger institutions. Business courses are offered at Farrell Hall, the four-level, 120,000 square-foot home of the Wake Forest School of Business on the beautiful home campus in Winston-Salem, NC, and at a growing urban Charlotte Center campus in Charlotte, NC.

Wake Forest University has retained the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be sent in confidence to:

Rebecca Kennedy, Partner

David Ferguson, Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Boston, Massachusetts

(617) 262-6500


Applications should include a CV or resume and a 1-3 page letter of interest.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. In order to provide a safe learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final candidates being considered for employment.