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
In an op-ed published in the Huffington Post on June 22, 2017, President Sterk stressed the importance of observing what she calls “a deep summer’s breath”—the idea of taking a national pause from our divisive political rhetoric. In this way, she says, students across the country can “return to college in the fall reinvigorated and inspired.”Read more
With the stirring sound of a bagpipe, the investiture ceremony of President Claire E. Sterk began on Wednesday, February 8, at 10:00 a.m. From the keynote speaker, Emory neurologist and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, to Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, Glenn Memorial Auditorium overflowed with dignitaries and well-wishers. In her remarks, President Sterk reflected: “The opportunity to lead Emory in this moment of history is a tremendous honor. It also brings an equal share of responsibility. I am humbled by the confidence that so many of you place in me.”Learn 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.”
As President Claire E. Sterk rightly observes, “Emory’s robust impact on our region began more than 180 years ago” with the founding of Emory College in Oxford, Georgia. Today, the impact of Emory University—in the city of Atlanta, the region, and beyond—remains profound. As a major economic engine for Atlanta and Georgia, Emory produces a $9.1 billion impact and directly or indirectly supports 64,000 jobs, making it the largest employer in DeKalb County and the second-largest employer in the greater Atlanta economy.
The Emory University Impact Report organizes its findings across four areas: economic impact, community engagement, academic excellence, and research and innovation. With a health system whose breadth and depth is unmatched, the university tends expertly to patients’ needs, offering innovative treatments and therapies. Emory’s longstanding commitment to academic excellence produces an interdisciplinary intellectual community that is highly productive in terms of scholarship, scientific discoveries, and entrepreneurial innovations. And based on the scale of its research efforts, Emory is uniquely able to tackle local, national, and global challenges, resulting in breakthroughs that benefit society.
As a top research university, Emory strives to offer the best education, conduct game-changing research, inspire creative innovations, and transform the world. From classrooms to research labs, the university nurtures interdisciplinary scholarship addressing today's most challenging and crucial questions. The annual report highlights Emory's impact here in Atlanta and around the world, sharing stories of creating knowledge, educating the next generation, transforming society, and helping develop new and better ways to prevent and treat disease.
A leading international expert in public health and anthropology, Claire E. 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.
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.