Economic Impact Report

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.

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Annual Report

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.

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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.

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Meet the leadership teams of Emory, including President Claire Sterk, the deans of our nine schools and colleges, the Portfolio Leadership Team, and the Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee.