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Mary Tribble joined Wake Forest University in 2014 as Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies where she is responsible for creating meaningful experiences for approximately 70,000 members of the alumni family. Tribble graduated from Wake Forest in 1982 with a degree in Art History and completed her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in 2019. A fifth generation Wake Forester, Tribble wrote her thesis on the untold story of her great-great-great-great grandmother Sarah (“Sally”) Merriam Wait, wife of Wake Forest’s first president Samuel Wait. She also oversees the Wake Forest Historical Museum at the site of the original campus in Wake Forest, N.C. and is a member of the steering committee of the Slavery, Race and Memory Project, an initiative to reexamine the university’s history with regard to slavery and its legacies. Prior to her return to Wake Forest, Tribble owned an event marketing firm in Charlotte for 25 years and earned national and regional recognition including Business Woman of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year, before helping to plan the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Follow Mary on Twitter and Instagram @marytribble.

 

“Now I had a new assignment beyond writing Sally’s story. I had to figure you how to rewrite my own.”

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