Erika James
Erika James has been named the new dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Erika Hayes James
Erika James has been named the new dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

ATLANTA (May 19, 2014) – Emory University Provost Claire Sterk announced today that Erika Hayes James, Ph.D., has been appointed dean of the university’s Goizueta Business School.

James will assume her new role on July 15. She comes to Emory from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, where she served most recently as senior associate dean for executive education.

“Erika James has all of the qualities that we want for a leader at Goizueta,” Sterk said. “She brings a background of impressive scholarship and strong skills in academic administration, and she will work collaboratively with faculty, students, staff, alumni and supporters to take the school to the next level—all the while honoring the principled leadership of Mr. Goizueta’s legacy.”

Emory’s business school was founded in 1919 and was named in honor former Coca-Cola chairman and CEO Roberto C. Goizueta in 1994. Central to his vision and the school’s mission are excellence and principled leadership, which set Goizueta apart from others and impact the experience of students and the curriculum.

“I believe the Goizueta Business School is a world-renowned school that is on the verge of greatness,” James said, “I want to be a part of helping the school reach that greatness.”

“I am sure our father would consider Erika James to be an inspired choice, given their shared interest in innovative teaching and learning, and developing business leaders who are committed to excellence and integrity,” added Olga Goizueta Rawls, chair and CEO of The Goizueta Foundation. “We are anticipating even greater successes for the Goizueta Business School and its graduates under her leadership.”

In Atlanta, Goizueta is positioned well for corporate partnerships, entrepreneurial activities and other collaborations with industry. James hopes to deepen the connections between Goizueta and Atlanta’s business community, nonprofit organizations and other universities.

“I see a real opportunity to align business thought leadership in Atlanta and, in the tradition of the academy, to bring research to bear on challenges,” she said.

James also sees opportunities to bring Goizueta’s business acumen together with Emory’s health care expertise to address the enormous national challenges facing health care delivery systems.

A comprehensive process, led by the search firm Heidrick and Struggles, identified a dynamic and experienced group of candidates for the Goizueta dean from an international pool, and a search advisory committee at Emory—chaired by Linda McCauley, dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing—helped narrow the field of candidates. Finalists met with leaders and key constituents throughout Emory this spring.



Darden Graduate School of Business (Virginia) (2001-2014)

  • Senior Associate Dean, Executive Education (2012-2014)
  • Professor (2011-2014)
  • Bank of America Research Associate Professor of Business Administration, (2006-2009)
  • Associate Dean for Diversity (2006-2008)
  • Associate Professor (2006-2010)

Harvard Business School (2008-2009)

  • Visiting Associate Professor (2008-2009)

Goizueta Business School (Emory) (1998-2001)

  • Assistant Professor (1998-2001)

Freeman Business School (Tulane) (1995-1998)

  • Assistant Professor (1995-1998)



  • University of Michigan, Ph.D. Organizational Psychology (1995)
  • University of Michigan, M.A. Organizational Psychology (1993)
  • Pomona College, B.A., Psychology (1991)

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About Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is one of the nation’s only schools with four, top-20 ranked degree programs. The school offers a unique, community-oriented environment paired with an academic prestige and rigor shared with the international acclaim of Emory University. Goizueta trains business leaders of today and tomorrow with an Undergraduate degree program, a Two-Year Full-Time MBA, a One-Year MBA, an Evening MBA, an Executive MBA (Weekend and Modular formats), a Doctoral degree and a portfolio of non-degree Emory Executive Education courses. The school is named for the late Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.  For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter at @emorygoizueta.