Inauguration of President Sterk

Emory University celebrates a new chapter in its history with the inauguration of President Claire E. Sterk. Three days of events culminated with her formal inauguration ceremony on Feb. 8, 2017.


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President Claire E. Sterk holds the university mace

Emory inaugurates Claire E. Sterk as university's 20th president

An internationally acclaimed public health researcher and Emory faculty member since 1995, President Claire E. Sterk is the first woman and first social scientist to lead the university.

President Claire E. Sterk

Inauguration address: "Bold Ambition in Service of Humanity"

"Ambition is not new to Emory," President Claire E. Sterk noted in her inauguration address. "It is at the core of our history and it will be part of our future." Read the full transcript.

Poet and scholar Kevin Young

Inauguration poem: 'XX' by Kevin Young

Poet and scholar Kevin Young read his poem "XX," written for Claire E. Sterk as Emory's 20th president, during Wednesday's inauguration ceremony.

Brandon Walker

Academic symposium addresses three aspects of improving global health

Experts in HIV, cancer and mental health highlighted Emory's leadership in disciplines of critical global importance at the Inauguration Academic Symposium, titled "Health Challenges and Bold Opportunities."

Fahamu Pecou and President Sterk

Pecou creates new artwork to commemorate inauguration

"Emerge," a commissioned painting by acclaimed artist and Emory PhD student Fahamu Pecou, seeks to inspire the Emory community to "leap boldly forward."

Lighting a flame at Oxford

Oxford lights the way for President Sterk's inauguration

Events celebrating President Claire E. Sterk's inauguration as Emory's 20th president got underway Monday evening with a candle-lit tour of Oxford College, the university's original campus.

President Sterk, Jimmy Powell and Bobbi Patterson with shovels planting tree

Tree-planting honors Emory's new president

An elm tree planted Wednesday on the Emory Quadrangle stands as a tribute to President Sterk and the university's commitment to sustainability.

Students at Wonderful Wednesday

Wonderful Wednesday celebrates presidential inauguration

At a special inauguration-themed Wonderful Wednesday gathering, students expressed high hopes for President Sterk's leadership of Emory.