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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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.

November 10, 2016
Woodruff Arts Center
February 1, 2017
Perez Art Museum
Los Angeles
February 23, 2017
Sony Pictures Studios
New York
April 18, 2017
Times Center
Washington, D.C.
April 26, 2017
National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum


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.