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. Sterk is a public health scholar who has deepened our understanding of addiction, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.Read More
Emory’s global health innovation is already a strength on which a grateful world depends. Emory caregivers successfully treated the first US patients with Ebola virus in 2014, and as Zika virus emerged as a world threat, our researchers began making leading contributions. When the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a 20-year project in 2015 to improve child health and reduce mortality worldwide, it chose the Emory Global Health Institute to lead a network of more than 15 global organizations. An emerging priority of the university, global health innovation shows that, as President Sterk says, “We are a community that has the courage and expertise to respond to crises across a broad range of disciplines, but more important, we are a community that cares.”
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.
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.