Ken Zick has served Wake Forest in numerous capacities over the last thirty years. He came from the University of Michigan where he was a Michigan Scholar in College Teaching, having earned his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Albion College, his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University and the M.L.S. from the University of Michigan. He was selected as a member of the Order of the Barristers.
Ken taught for thirteen years in the law school where he also established its Clinical Education Program, directed the Legal Research and Writing Program, coached many championship moot court teams, and as Academic Dean led the curricular improvements associated with the law school’s strategic plan.
In 1988 President Hearn appointed him Vice President of Student Life and Instructional Resources. During his tenure he has led the consolidation of student services programs, the establishment of the Volunteer Service Corp., and initiated several programs in student leadership development, including the first ACC Student Leaders Conference. He has continued to teach each semester in several areas-law, history, and communications.
Among his professional activities he has served as President of the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects, on the ABA – AALS Commission on Lawyer Competency, and as Executive Vice President of the Center for Research and Development on Law Related Education. He has also served as a consultant on student affairs administration and on several accreditation teams for the American Bar Association. He has presented papers at numerous national conferences on legal matters related to higher education and taught at NASPA’s certification program for law and higher education. He was twice awarded the Student Government Appreciation Award for service to the student body. In 2008 he was named Atlantic Coast Conference Advisor of the Year. Most importantly, students feel free to turn to him often for counsel and advice on thorny personal and organizational matters. He is viewed as a friend, mentor, and advocate.
Ken enjoys writing poetry and fiction. He recently published a novel entitled West to Donegal Bay: A Novel of Irish Islands.