As president, Claire Sterk brings bold vision, international renown as a scholar, and far-reaching administrative experience. She is the author of three books, including two in English—Tricking and Tripping: Prostitution in the Era of AIDS and Fast Lives: Women Who Use Crack Cocaine—and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. As provost, she focused on optimizing the Emory undergraduate student experience and faculty excellence and diversity, as well as leading strategic planning for the university. A native of the Netherlands, Sterk earned her PhD in sociology from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a doctorandus degree in medical anthropology from the University of Utrecht. She speaks four languages.
The president’s curriculum vitae highlights her scholarship at the highest levels as well as her administrative accomplishments. View the grants and contracts she has received in the areas of HIV/AIDS, addiction, and mental health; her extensive community and scientific service; the many master’s and doctoral students she has served as adviser; her teaching experience; as well as the books, book chapters, and more than 100 articles reflecting her studies.
President Sterk is a committed public servant, as evidenced by her current participation as a trustee of the Woodruff Center for the Arts, the Atlanta International School, and Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences. She also represents Emory on the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education.
The President's Leadership Council includes executive and senior vice presidents and advisers who represent the university’s major operational units and work with President Sterk to advance Emory’s mission.
Emory’s deans are the chief academic officers for the university’s nine schools and colleges. Working closely with Emory’s central administration, the deans oversee their school’s and college’s fiscal and budgetary matters, teaching, scholarly activity, service, and advancement.
The President’s Advisory Committee is composed of senior faculty who are elected by their colleagues to assist the president and provost in promoting excellence in scholarship and teaching across Emory. The committee reviews each file for tenure and promotion before it advances to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, and consults with the president on matters of academic importance.