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
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
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 next stops on the tour are New York (April 18) and Washington (April 25).
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.”
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.
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.