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Meet provost finalists at December forums

The Emory community is invited to meet four finalists selected by a search advisory committee for the position of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.  

The search advisory committee has narrowed the list of prospective candidates and will bring four finalists to campus in December for a series of open forums and public receptions. All interested members of the Emory community are encouraged to attend.  

Following is a list of the finalists and their scheduled visits:  

  • Meredith Jung-En Woo, Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and professor of politics, University of Virginia.

    • Monday, Dec. 3 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Rollins School of Public Health, Room 860 (The Rita Anne Rollins Room).

  • Claire Elizabeth Sterk, acting provost, senior vice provost for academic affairs and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health, Emory University.

    • Thursday, Dec. 6 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Candler School of Theology/Center for Ethics, Room 102 (The Commons).

  • Steven W. Matson, Dean of the Graduate School and professor of biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    • Monday, Dec. 17 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Goizueta Business School, Room W525 (West Wing).

  • Paul Wesley Brandt-Rauf, dean of the School of Public Health and professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, medicine, earth and environmental sciences, bioengineering and chemical engineering, and public administration, University of Illinois, Chicago.

    • Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Candler School of Theology/Center for Ethics, Room 102 (The Commons).

A national search to find a successor to Earl Lewis, who is leaving Emory to become president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has been under way since June, according to Candler School of Theology Dean Jan Love, who leads the 16-member search advisory committee. 

"Emory’s new executive vice president for academic affairs and provost will lead Emory into the future by bringing his or her own vision to this great institution and helping Emory navigate very complex challenges in an era of considerable change in higher education," Love says. "This appointment will shape the University for years to come, and its importance cannot be overstated."

"The search advisory committee and I are eager for the whole community to meet the candidates and offer insights about what strengths each one will bring to this most privileged position," she adds. "It is an honor for Emory that candidates of this caliber are testing the possibility that they might be our next provost.”

In September, the committee hosted a series of campus-wide forums and listening sessions to help identify issues, concerns and characteristics considered important to the Emory community in selecting a new provost.  

At the time, Love reported that the committee was seeking candidates with both administrative and academic leadership experience who were also outstanding scholars and teachers, qualified for tenure in their disciplines and capable of leading the academic enterprise by example.  

Following the December candidate visits, President James W. Wagner will make a final selection.  

For more information, or to submit comments on the selection process, visit

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