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Emory launches search for executive vice president for business and administration

Emory Report | May 14, 2015

Emory University has launched a national search to fill the position of executive vice president for business and administration. Details about qualifications for the role can be found on a new website dedicated to the search.

Reporting to Emory President James Wagner, the executive vice president for business and administration will be the senior business leader for the university — an organization with $12 billion in assets, more than $4 billion in annual revenue and more than $500 million in annual external funding for research. 

As a senior leader and member of the president’s cabinet, the person selected to fill the position will serve as a key, trusted advisor to the president, the Board of Trustees and other senior leaders at Emory.

According to a role profile created for the position, the new executive vice president should be someone who

  • has an outstanding record of management and business leadership in enterprise-level operational change, strategic planning and financial and business success;
  • has the ability to work cooperatively and in support of the president, executive colleagues, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders;
  • is comfortable with and can effectively deal with ambiguity, complexity, competing demands and change while providing balanced leadership;
  • can balance and leverage the existing strengths of the institution and its people in support of innovation and strategic entrepreneurial activities; and
  • embraces Emory’s culture and values a community that seeks excellence by creating and applying knowledge to shape a better world.

The vacancy was created when Michael J. Mandl, who formerly held the post, was named president and CEO of Emory Healthcare. Wagner appointed Rich Mendola, who had served as enterprise chief information officer and senior vice provost for library services and digital scholarship, to serve as interim executive vice president for business and administration while Emory conducts the search to fill the position permanently.