University Committee on Naming Honors

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

The Committee’s Charge

Serving in an advisory capacity to the president, the University Committee on Naming Honors will examine new historic names for and review 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 is 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.


The Committee will submit a report with a summary of findings on each name reviewed, including recommendations for name changes, to President Fenves by May 1, 2021.

Community Feedback

Your engagement is deeply appreciated. Given the expected volume of response, the committee regrets that it cannot respond to each submission. Be assured that all submissions will receive review.

Committee Membership



  • Gabrielle Buchbinder 21B
  • Ronake Desai 21C
  • Adaora Ede 21N
  • Dabney P. Evans 98PH
    Assistant Professor of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health; Director, Center for Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Allison Collis Greene
    Associate Professor of American Religious History and Director of the Master of Theological Studies Program, Candler School of Theology
  • Jill Hamilton
    Associate Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
  • Laura J. Hardman
    Trustee Emerita
  • Daniel LaChance
    Winship Distinguished Professor in History, 2020–2023, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Samantha Lanjewar 2G
  • Carlton Mackey
    Director, 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 Meltzer
    Executive Associate Dean, Faculty Advancement, Leadership, and Inclusion; Chair, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences; William Patterson Timmie Endowed Professorship, Emory School of Medicine
  • Giacomo Negro
    Professor of Organization and Management; Goizueta Term Chair, Organization and Management, Goizueta Business School; Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Joshua Newton
    Senior Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Engagement
  • Ronald Poole II 23C
  • Salmon Shomade
    Associate Professor of Political Science, Oxford College
  • Philip Wainwright 85G
    Vice Provost, Global Strategy and Initiatives
  • Michelle Wright
    Augustus Baldwin Longstreet Professor of English, Emory College of Arts and Sciences


  • Darlene Berry
    Executive Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost; Administrative Support
  • Melissa Daly
    Assistant Vice Provost and Chief of Staff; Liaison to Office of the Provost
  • Anjulet Tucker 00C 09PhD
    Director of Programs and Engagement; Liaison to Office of the President