Over the course of the next several months, members of the Board of Directors’ (BOD) Communications Committee will be participating in a Q&A, where they share updates on various Board of Directors and Deacon Club happenings. Be sure to read this special section each month to stay in the know with all the latest news.
Jane Taylor Brookshire
What is your affiliation with Wake Forest Athletics?
My husband (Homer Brookshire (’68)) was a former student-athlete and through him, I became a fan and strong supporter of the football, basketball and golf programs, as well as the other sports.
Where do you reside?
I live in Advance (Oak Valley) in Davie County, NC, which is just across the Yadkin River from Forsyth County and Winston-Salem.
What is your occupation?
My last position was Head of Human Resources for a Fortune 500 Company in Texas (retired in 2010).
Why did you join the BOD?
Not long after the death of my husband in 2016, I was asked to join the next class of BOD members. I was pleased to be able to continue to honor our love of Wake Forest by serving on the Deacon Club Board. We had been Deacon Club members for many years and had always felt it was important to “pay Homer’s scholarship forward” through gifts to the Deacon Club, while still enjoying many, many athletic events over the years.
What does being a BOD member mean to you?
As a board member, you have the opportunity to meet dedicated Wake Forest fans from all parts of the country and from all walks of life. Each member brings unique experiences and expertise to the BOD. And, it is very exciting to see first-hand the fast pace of growth in facilities and other new programs such as Performance Nutrition and Sports Psychology.
Something exciting the BOD is currently discussing/working on is…
The Endowment and Planned Giving subcommittee has set a goal of fully endowing all athletic scholarships by the year 2040. In recent years, a major emphasis for the Deacon Club (beyond our Annual Fund campaign) has been upgrading our facilities in all areas to position Wake Forest as a competitive Power Five conference member, ensuring we can recruit the athletes needed to Develop Champions. Although there are projects remaining, such as further upgrades to the Coliseum, much has been accomplished (or is under construction); there is now also an opportunity to make sure that all Deacon Club members understand how to increase their athletic endowment through planned giving. There are many options, such as making provisions through wills or various trust instruments, naming Wake Forest as a beneficiary of an IRA, life insurance policy or even making Wake Forest a beneficiary of a retirement plan. A three-year goal of $75 million in new commitments has been set to keep us moving in the right direction.
What makes you most proud of the BOD?
The dedication exhibited by all of the BOD is extraordinary. When you look at the past presidents that are still there as advisors, as well as the rest of the current board, you see Demon Deacon fans that have supported the athletic programs for years with their own investments of time and money, but also, of even more importance, they are helping to motivate other fans to get involved in a more significant manner.
What can we look forward to in the future from the BOD?
The Volunteer Army includes the Deacon Club BOD, but there is also an Athletic Advisory Council, a Parents’ Athletics Council and various committees that focus on individual sports. Recent additions include a Game Day Experience Committee as well as the Deacon Connectors Leadership Committee. Wake Forest Athletics and its growing Volunteer Army are truly leading the charge in Developing Champions—not only for Today and Tomorrow, but also, if those endowment goals are met, for years to come (Forever)!
Why do you feel it is important to support Wake Forest Athletics?
When you have the opportunity to meet our student-athletes and realize how much they appreciate the opportunity they have been given to study at a top-tier university while still competing in a conference like the ACC, you know your dollars have been spent well. And, when you see the joy in the faces of Wake Forest fans at an event like the 2017 Belk Bowl win over Texas A&M, you know that Deacon pride is alive and well. We still have so much more we can achieve. With Deacons everywhere working together, our goals are realistic and attainable! Developing Champions says it all—in the classroom, in life, as well as on the athletic field.