University Committee on Naming Honors


Appointed in 2019, the University Committee on Naming Honors (hereafter, "Committee") was charged with reviewing contested names and developing recommendations for leadership. On October 22, 2020, President Fenves and Interim Provost Love reappointed the Committee, expanding its scope and membership to represent a broader range of campus voices.

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The Committee’s Charge

Serving in an advisory capacity to the president, the University Committee on Naming Honors examined new historic names and reviewed contested historic names associated with buildings, spaces, programs, scholarships, and other celebratory titles that honor individuals. 

Furthering work done by previous committees and using as a guide the “Proposed Principles for Bestowing Naming Honors at Emory University,” developed by the Task Force on Legacies, the Committee was authorized to:

  • review historic names associated with buildings, spaces, programs, scholarships, and other honors that have become contested. It may conduct historical research on names submitted for review and evaluate the appropriateness of the reviewed names of buildings, locations, named professorships, and other honorific titles; and 
  • conduct research on potential new names submitted for evaluation.

Committee Report

The Committee submitted its report to President Fenves on May 8, 2021.

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Committee Membership

Chair

Fred Smith Jr.
Committee Chair and Associate Professor of Law, Emory School of Law
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Faculty
NameTitle
Dabney P. Evans 98PHAssistant Professor of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health; Director, Center for Humanitarian Emergencies
Allison Collis GreeneAssociate Professor of American Religious History and Director of the Master of Theological Studies Program, Candler School of Theology
Jill HamiltonAssociate Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Daniel LaChanceWinship Distinguished Professor in History, 2020–2023, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Carlton Mackey 05TDirector, Ethics & the Arts and Associate Director, Ethics and Servant Leadership, Center for Ethics; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Film and Media, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Carolyn MeltzerExecutive Associate Dean, Faculty Advancement, Leadership, and Inclusion; Chair, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences; William Patterson Timmie Endowed Professorship, Emory School of Medicine
Giacomo NegroProfessor of Organization and Management; Goizueta Term Chair, Organization and Management, Goizueta Business School; Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Salmon ShomadeAssociate Professor of Political Science, Oxford College

Students
NameSchool
Gabrielle Buchbinder 21BBusiness
Adaora Ede 21NNursing
Samantha Lanjewar 24GLaney Graduate School
Ronald Poole II 23CEmory College

Staff
NameTitle
Darlene BerryExecutive Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost; Administrative Support
Melissa DalyAssistant Vice Provost and Chief of Staff; Liaison to Office of the Provost
Anjulet Tucker 00C 09PhD
Director of Presidential Initiatives and Special Projects; Liaison to Office of the President

Administrators
NameTitle
Laura J. HardmanTrustee Emerita
Joshua NewtonSenior Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement
Staff
NameTitle
Darlene BerryExecutive Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost; Administrative Support
Melissa DalyAssistant Vice Provost and Chief of Staff; Liaison to Office of the Provost
Anjulet Tucker 00C 09PhD
Director of Presidential Initiatives and Special Projects; Liaison to Office of the President
Philip Wainwright 85G
Vice Provost, Global Strategy and Initiatives
 

Next Steps for Summer/Fall 2021

  • In October on the Oxford College campus, Language Hall will be renamed for Horace J. Johnson Jr., a widely respected jurist and Emory alumnus.
  • After reviewing the legacy of August Baldwin Longstreet—Emory's second president—the Committee recommended, and their decision was approved by President Fenves and the Board of Trustees, changing the name of the Longstreet-Means residence hall to Eagle Hall. 
  • There is a named professorship for Longstreet. President Fenves will confer with Dean Michael Elliott, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Provost, to change the name. 
  • The Committee recommended removing the names of Atticus Greene Haygood, L. Q. C. Lamar, George Foster Pierce, and Robert Yerkes from honorific placements on campus. President Fenves will continue to review the research and seek consultation on these names.