Brent E. Wake


IPFW Alumni Top Volunteers Award (2009)

B.A., 2003


Brent E. Wake earned a bachelor's degree in political science from IPFW in 2003. He currently serves as northeast regional director and statewide African American outreach coordinator for the Office of U.S. Senator Evan Bayh.

His involvement in campus life was immediate, as he founded and led IPFW Campus Advance, a campus ministry organization. He also revived the IPFW Black Collegian Caucus and served as its president and, later, as the chair of its education committee. Additional involvement at the university included Hispanos Unidos, the Student Housing Task Force, senator and vice president of finance for the Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association, and president of the Rho Omicron chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Shortly after graduating, Wake served as the representative for the Class of 2003 and secretary of the IPFW Alumni Association board of directors, where he chaired the Student Outreach Committee. Aside from the alumni association, he also volunteers with other IPFW departments including Career Services, the Chapman Scholars program, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the Women's Studies Program.

Wake is also very committed to the Fort Wayne community serving as co-chair of Learn United's Real Men Read initiative, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, HOPE worldwide, Allen County United Youth Summit, and the Leadership Fort Wayne Alumni Association.

Wake was the recipient of IPFW's 2009 Alumni Top Volunteers Award.