Claire E. Sterk is the 20th president of Emory and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health. She took office on September 1, 2016, having previously served as the university’s sixth provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. A public health scholar who has deepened our understanding of addiction, mental health, and HIV/AIDS, she has served on the Emory faculty for 21 years.Read More
Recognizing the university as an international powerhouse for seminal scholarship, engaged teaching, discovery, and pathbreaking clinical care, President Sterk sees Emory and its people as committed to enriching society. “We must galvanize our intellectual and moral influence for the betterment of our city and region, state and country, and the world,” she says. “At the same time, we will benefit tremendously from the breadth and depth of local resources. Reciprocity is a powerful force, and Emory is fortunate to be in the dynamic city of Atlanta.”
Homecoming 2016, on September 24, involved students and alumni in the annual Homecoming parade, festival, and concert. Participants offered their takes on this year's student Homecoming theme, "Camp Swoop," or just showed off their enthusiasm for Emory. President Sterk and her husband, research professor Kirk Elifson, joined in the parade and visited with students and alumni. After the parade, the celebration continued on McDonough Field, where Smash Mouth had the crowd on their feet.
President Sterk is sharing her vision for the university through a five-city tour designed to engage with alumni, donors, parents of Emory students, and local friends and partners. “My goal is to lead Emory to achieve its bold ambition,” she says. “These listening tours allow me to share with and learn from the broader Emory community about the emerging priorities that will allow us to achieve our success.” The tour kicked off Thursday, November 10, at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. The next stop is Miami.
The Board of Trustees are honored to announce the inauguration of Claire E. Sterk as the 20th president, and first female chief executive, of Emory University on February 8, 2017. A leading international expert in public health and anthropology, Sterk joined the university in 1995, earning the title of Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health. She also chaired the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and was associate dean for research at the Rollins School of Public Health. With her husband and research partner, Kirk Elifson, Sterk has attracted more than $33 million in research funding to Emory. She is the author of three books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. After joining the Office of the Provost in 2005, Sterk focused on faculty development and enhancing the undergraduate experience, becoming provost and executive vice president for academic affairs in 2013. Now, as president, her bold vision for enhancing the university’s global reputation and reach is already in evidence.
A walking tour of the central Oxford campus, celebrating the university's origins and traditions. Dessert reception follows at the Library and Academic Commons for the Oxford campus community.
Emory alumni are invited to register for a special reception prior to the Academic Symposium (ticket included in registration) to meet renowned artist and Emory PhD student Fahamu Pecou. The artist will reveal his commissioned inauguration art piece and provide insight into his creative process and interpretation of Emory's new beginning. Space is limited and registration is required.Tickets and More Information
Introduction and moderation of panel session by Carlos del Rio, Hubert Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine.
Emory Community Tickets Available January 20
The trustees of Emory University announce a special convocation to inaugurate President Claire E. Sterk. The ceremony is a blend of time-honored Emory traditions and modern elements beginning with a grand procession of dignitaries and academic delegates from around the world. Emory neurosurgeon and Emmy Award–winning CNN chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, will provide the keynote address. The Vega Quartet will perform, and poet Kevin Young, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will read a commissioned poem. Live webcast available.
Emory Community Tickets Available January 20
Join the student body for a special inauguration-themed Wonderful Wednesday gathering at Asbury Circle.
A tree will be planted on the Quadrangle in honor of President Sterk and in celebration of Emory’s commitment to sustainability.
Get to know our new president as she seeks out opportunities to engage with Emory alumni, donors, parents, and partners. On the Bold Beginnings tour, President Sterk will visit with Emory’s extended community living in five US cities to share her vision for a bold new era of leadership.
Meet the leadership teams of Emory, including President Claire Sterk, the deans of our nine schools and colleges, the President’s Leadership Council, and the President’s Advisory Committee.