This month’s Faculty & Staff spotlight is Mary Ellen Walter, office manager for the School of Divinity and a beloved member of the Wake Div community.  

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in Wilmington, N.C., and was the youngest of four children.  My father had a men’s clothing store, so I enjoyed being around and working in our family business from a young age all the way through college.  After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with an English degree, I worked in purchasing and office administration in Research Triangle Park and Chapel Hill.  I’ve lived in Winston-Salem since 1996, having lived in Atlanta prior to that.  I have two wonderful children: my oldest, Margaret, works in public relations and advertising in Raleigh, N.C., and my youngest, Brad, is a junior studying at UNC Chapel Hill.

2. What do you love most about Wake Div?

I really enjoy the fact that I enjoy coming to work every day!  I don’t take for granted that I get to work and spend time with amazing students, faculty and staff.  With each entering class, it’s fun and a privilege to get to know our students as they progress through their three years here.

3. What are some of your hobbies/interests?

Most of all, I enjoy spending time with family—my kids and extended family, many of whom are located on the coast and in the mountains of N.C., which makes for some wonderful places to visit!  I also enjoy gardening, reading, cooking and taking walks with our 10-year-old border collie mix, Ollie.

4. Who is your heroine/hero?  And why?

My father is my hero.  His faith, commitment to family, his example and encouragement have impacted me immensely throughout my life.

5​. If you could have a dinner party with three individuals, who would they be and why?

My grandmother, who passed away 25 years ago and was one of the most wonderful people I’ve known; and Jane Austen and C.S. Lewis, two of my favorite authors.

6​. After your time at Wake Div, what do you like your legacy to be?

I hope that students will feel that our office was a place where they could be supported and encouraged throughout their time at Wake Div.  If I’ve contributed in a small way toward making their experience a more positive one, then that would be a success