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Emory president stepping down next summer

Friday, September 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angela King
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Emory University President James W. Wagner will step down in August 2016 after 12 years leading the institution.

“The time is right, both for me personally and for Emory,” Wagner said, in a statement. “I have delighted in the good fortune of being part of this community during a period of tremendous growth in impact, depth, and richness –– all grounded in the special character of this place.”

The university credited Wagner with:

  • Leading the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Georgia, resulting in the investment of $1.7 billion in support of the university’s initiatives in teaching, research, scholarship, patient care and social action.
  • Guiding the Emory community in developing the university’s first vision statement, which established the foundation for a 10-year strategic plan focused on key areas including strengthening faculty distinction, ensuring the highest student quality and enhancing the student experience, and exploring new frontiers in science and technology.
  • Recruiting a world-class and diverse community of scholars and researchers, with the result of an increased number of appointments to national academies and external research funding that this year tops a record $570 million.
  • Recruiting outstanding students and providing support and resources that will enable them to thrive and fulfill their aspirations. The Class of 2019 comes from the largest pool of applicants ever (more than 20,500 for a class of 1,358) with impressive academic credentials and extensive accomplishments.
  • Advancing all aspects of the university’s mission through the innovative design and construction of a number of new facilities to support health sciences research, science education, residential life, library resources and patient care.

Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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