Internationally acclaimed public health researcher and academic leader Claire E. Sterk named president

The Emory University Board of Trustees has selected Claire E. Sterk as the university’s 20th president. Sterk served most recently as Emory’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Sterk has been a member of the Emory community since 1995, when she was appointed to the faculty of the Rollins School of Public Health. During her tenure at Emory, she has served as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, associate dean for research, and senior vice provost for academic affairs. She was named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs in 2013.

Sterk is a native of the Netherlands, where she earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and her doctorandus degree in medical anthropology from the University of Utrecht.

Sterk will assume the role on September 1, 2016. She will succeed James W. Wagner, who is retiring after 13 years as president.


As we begin the selection process for Emory University’s next president, input from the university community is both vital and welcome. We invite faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends to submit ideas.