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Emory welcomes new president

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Gregory L. Fenves
Gregory L. Fenves

After four years of dedicated leadership, Emory University President Claire Sterk will step down from her role in August of this year. Following an extensive international search by the Emory University Board of Trustees and the Presidential Selection Committee (PSC), Gregory L. Fenves has been unanimously voted in as the 21st president of Emory.

Fenves will spend the summer wrapping up his responsibilities as president of the University of Texas at Austin before starting at Emory on August 1. Said Robert C. Goddard III, chair of Emory’s Board of Trustees and of the PSC, “We wanted someone with deep experience leading a major research university and a stellar record of scholarship. We also sought an inspirational leader and a person of impeccable character. Greg Fenves embodies all that we hoped to find.”

For the past 12 years, Fenves has had a tremendous impact on UT Austin, serving first as dean of the engineering school, then as provost and finally as president. Under his leadership, UT Austin launched the first new medical school at a top-tier research university in nearly 50 years.

“The next decade will be critically important in the evolution of Emory as one of the nation’s eminent research universities,” Goddard said. “The board believes with Greg Fenves as our next president, we will have the key components to make significant advancements as an institution.”

After 24 years as part of Emory University, however, Sterk is not quite ready to say goodbye; she will return to the faculty of the Rollins School of Public Health, continuing to invest in her passion for public health.

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