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Campus Life Executive Leadership Team (ELT)

Dean NairAjay Nair, PhD
Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life

318 University Center

Dr. Ajay Nair, senior vice president and dean of Campus Life, joined Emory University in 2012 as its chief student advocate for nearly 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students. His broad portfolio spans more than 20 departments, from intercollegiate athletics and the Greek experience to Student Health Services, Residence Life, and more. He also provides leadership and strategic direction in cultivating an ethically engaged community consistent with Emory’s vision.

During his 20-year tenure in higher education, Ajay has served as a faculty member, student affairs administrator, and academic administrator. Most recently, he was senior associate vice provost for Student Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also held positions at Columbia University, Penn State University, and the University of Virginia.

At Emory, Ajay is tackling some of higher education’s most formidable challenges. Under his leadership, Campus Life has become a national pacesetter on issues of social justice. He was instrumental in creating the Emory Commission on Racial and Social Justice (CRSJ) to nurture a more just campus community for all students. He also launched the Greek Life Strategic Planning process, which is rebuilding trust and creating a sustainable future for sorority and fraternity life at Emory.

Ajay’s entrepreneurial spirit led to creation of Emory’s Institute for a Higher Education and a trifold increase in Campus Life's fundraising efforts. He co-chaired the task force that resulted in development of Emory's nationally recognized open expression policy and educational program to foster debate, dialogue, and deliberation. He also co-chairs the university's strategic planning process.

Campus Life has undergone significant structural and programmatic transformation under Ajay's leadership. New offices and initiatives include: Student Success Programs and Services; Parent and Alumni Relations; Belonging and Community Justice; Student Involvement, Leadership, and Transitions (SILT); Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE); and the Respect Program.

Ajay has also provided leadership for development and/or completion of several living and learning spaces, including the first-year residential village and other major residential building renovations. Additional projects include: construction of a new Campus Life Pavilion and a new Campus Life Center, as well as renovations to soccer, baseball, and softball fields, Cox Hall Food Court, The Depot restaurant, Centro Latinx, and Emory Black Student Union.

Ajay’s research interests include quality assurance in educational systems, service learning and civic engagement, and Asian American identity. His co-edited book, Desi Rap: Hip-Hop in South Asian America, focuses on the complexities of second-generation South Asian American identity. His current book project explores the state of multiculturalism in higher education.

Since joining Emory, Ajay has delivered dozens of influential keynote speeches and penned more than 20 op-eds, book chapters, journal articles, and other publications that have influenced the landscape of higher education. Ajay is a board member of NASPA, the leading professional association for student affairs practitioners, and director of the organization’s Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division. He also serves on the editorial board of Insight into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today.

David ClarkDavid Clark, PhD
Associate Vice President for Finance, Administration and Operations

318C University Center

As a member of the Campus Life Executive Leadership Team, Dr. David Clark provides strategic direction and oversight for Housing, Dining, Technical Services, Bookstore, University Center, Finance Service Center, Human Resources, Ombudsperson, and Learning and Innovation. David brings an extensive background in higher education budget management, capital planning and design, assessment, strategic planning, and crisis management. He also has significant experience with academic units and providing leadership to programmatic, co-curricular, and faculty-driven initiatives.

Previously, David served as Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Associate Dean in the College at the University of Chicago, where he managed major auxiliary services and programmatic efforts, including dining and college housing. At Wake Forest University, his various leadership roles spanned residential life, human resources, information technology, and facilities operation. His WFU portfolio also included leadership for operations supporting seven graduate and undergraduate programs in the school of business.

David earned his PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Wanda CollinsWanda Collins, PhD
Assistant Vice President of Counseling and Psychological Services

1462 Clifton Road

Dr. Wanda Collins joined Emory with almost 20 years of university counseling center experience to serve as Assistant Vice President, Counseling and Psychological Services, which is playing an increasingly important role in the Emory community.

Prior to Emory, Wanda was director of counseling and psychological services at Duke University and at American University (Washington, D.C.), as well as on faculty at the Washington School of Psychiatry. She served also as Vice President of the International Association of Counseling Services and Chair of the IACS Board of Accreditation. She is active in the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) and a member of the Elements of Excellence Task Force.

In addition to her passions for counseling work and higher education in general, Wanda is interested in leadership, clinical work, supervision, training, and group therapy, as well as being committed to issues of diversity and inclusion. She holds degrees in general and counseling psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Tomika DePriestTomika DePriest
Sr. Director for Communications

318B University Center

As Senior Director for Communications, Tomika DePriest develops and guides strategy to ensure that all Emory Campus Life communications consistently and accurately articulate the organization’s mission, vision, and goals. Under her leadership, the Communications Team oversees ECL’s website, social media, video, graphic design, editorial services, executive messaging, and development of collateral materials. She also partners closely on strategic initiatives with ECL Senior Staff and with Emory Communications and Public Affairs.

Before joining Emory, Tomika served for 13 years with Spelman College, the highly regarded historically black women’s college, as Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and earlier as Executive Director of Communications. Her previous positions also include assignments as a Producer with Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc. and a Communications Specialist and Editor with the Southern Company.

Tomika earned a bachelor’s in English from Spelman, a master’s in humanities from Clark Atlanta University, and a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Mike HueyMichael J. Huey, MD
Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Emory University Student Health Services

1525 Clifton Road

Since 2002, Dr. Michael J. Huey has served as the Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Emory Student Health Services, as well as an Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. In addition to his roles at Emory, Michael is also an Ebola Clinical Consultant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and served as a CDC infection prevention consultant in Sierra Leone in summer 2015.

Michael is Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Primary Care Sports Medicine, and is on the Board of Directors of the American College Health Association. He is the recipient of the 2013 Emory Campus Life Helen W. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award and the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association 2008 Jack C. Hughston Georgia Team Physician of the Year Award.

Suzanne OnoratoSuzanne Onorato, EdD
Assistant Vice President for Community

318C University Center

As Assistant Vice President for Community, Dr. Suzanne Onorato leads Emory Campus Life’s community-focused organizations, including the Barkley Forum Center for Debate Education, Career Center, Center for Community Engagement and Leadership, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Health Promotion, Sorority and Fraternity Life, Student Conduct, Student Success Programs and Services, Recreation Programs, and Residence Life.

Suzanne began her career in higher education in Residence Life at Eastern Washington University, and held student affairs positions at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and at Agnes Scott College. She also served in student affairs and as adjunct faculty at Florida International University. Earning her doctorate in higher education administration at FIU, Suzanne studied the implications of gender and ethnicity on leadership identity development among college women.

Bridget RiordanBridget Guernsey Riordan, PhD
Assistant Vice President of Campus Life Alumni Relations and Parent & Family Programs

318 University Center

Dr. Bridget Guernsey Riordan currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Campus Life Alumni Relations, and Parent and Family Programs, where she collaborates with Emory Campus Life units and university colleagues to engage alumni and families in the life of the university. A native of Indiana, Bridget received degrees from Ball State University, the University of Cincinnati, and a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Bridget holds a certificate in Student Affairs Law and Policy from the Stetson University College of Law and has served as a faculty member at Georgia State University. At Emory, she was honored with the Campus Life Ethical Leadership Award and held prior positions as Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities. In 2015, Bridget’s chapter on “Relationship Health” was published in Wellness Issues in Higher Education.

Michael ViennaMichael Vienna, PhD
Clyde Partin Sr. Director of Athletics

Woodruff P.E. Center

Dr. Michael Vienna, a 30-year veteran in college athletics administration, joins the Emory Eagles this season after 26 years at Salisbury University. During his tenure at Salisbury, the Sea Gulls achieved a combined, overall winning record of 69 percent, garnering 17 team and 14 individual national championships, 179 conference championships, and 14 conference all-sports awards, and produced more than 400 All-Americans.

Michael is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators, serving on its national executive board from 2006 to 2008. He is a current member of the editorial board of Athletic Management magazine and former President, Vice President, and Conference Treasurer of the Capital Athletic Conference.  

Michael was an accomplished soccer athlete (four-year starter on the Mount Union soccer team, earning all-conference, all-state, team MVP, and team captain accolades), and holds master’s and doctorate degrees from Kent State University.