Alumni & Friends,
What a year it has been.
In a year that has been filled with uncertainty and confusion, the Peace community has remained strong because of our values and commitment to providing our students’ best quality education. This commitment guided Mr. William Peace to establish Peace back in 1857 and what has guided us through the challenges brought on by COVID-19.
While we have gone through several pivots throughout the past few months, the WPU faculty and staff have been hard at work to advance WPU’s mission to provide rich learning experiences for our students. Recently, the University was ranked in the Top 25 Universities for the Best Bachelor’s Program in Analytics for 2020 by the Bachelor’s Degree Center – the only North Carolina institution to do so. The university made the decision to reduce the RN to BSN Program’s tuition to accommodate the growing need for nurses in the wake of the pandemic. The University also recently entered into an articulation agreement with Wake Tech Community College that allows Wake Tech graduates with associate applied science degrees a simplified transfer process to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree in related programs at William Peace University.
With this in mind, I am excited to introduce this year’s “I” report from WPU. The “I” report, representing Immersion, Innovation and Influence, showcases how our University, students, faculty and staff have positively contributed to our community’s success and our world–largely,in part, due to you the generous donors who support Peace. Within its pages, you’ll explore stories such as Hugo Fiscal-Martinez’s ’20 who was an active student leader at Peace who found a career with one of our supportive community partners. You’ll read about the strength and resilience of our faculty, staff and students during these unprecedented times led by one of our alums, John Cranham’14 And you’ll see the historical success that we saw during our inaugural Founder’s Day of Giving and the performance of our endowment.
This publication is a celebration of our success, but more importantly it is a celebration of you and the support you continue to provide to Peace.
I am proud of our community, now more than ever. Here’s to Peace as we march through the rest of the year with strength and determination. Thank you for all of your contributions to the success of Peace.
Jodi Y. Stamey, CFRE, MBA
Vice President, Advancement