O. Woody Hunter leaves provost post
O. Woody Hunter, who has served as interim provost
since July 1, 2001, stepped down from the Universitys
chief academic position on September 1.
agreed to be interim provost after leaving his twelve-year deanship
of Emorys law school, and says he plans to take a sabbatical
to pursue projects he has kept on hold for the past
I have said many times, [the interim provostship] is perhaps
the best job I ever have had, Hunter wrote in a letter
to outgoing President William M. Chace and new President James
Wagner to inform them of his decision. Emory is a fascinating
institution, and serving as interim provost has provided me
with the chance to learn much more about all the work that is
going on here and to make many new friends across the campus.
chair of the Universitys Ways and Means Committee, Hunter
oversaw a cost containment and reduction exercise that resulted
in a balanced budget for fiscal year 2004 despite severe reductions
in endowment income due to stock market declines.
said he is most proud of a number of faculty and senior administrative
appointments made during his tenure, as well as acquisitions
made by Special Collections in Woodruff Library.
twenty-seven years I have been a member of the Emory faculty,
and for more than half that time I have served in a senior administrative
position, Hunter wrote. The development of Emory
has been remarkable during that time, and I am pleased to have
been part of the University leadership during this period of
enormous intellectual growth.
his decision, Hunter has presented Wagner with one of the first
major tasks of his new presidency: finding an acting provost
and then launching a search for a permanent one.
owes a real debt of gratitude to Woody for his service,
Wagner said. As for the future, we will seek the advice
of the Presidents Advisory Committee, of the Council of
Deans, and of the executive leadership of the University in
formulating as soon as possible a plan to go forward.
Vice Provost and Halle Institute Director
Semetko, an expert on the role and influence of media in elections,
politics, and public opinion, is Emorys new vice provost
and director of the Halle Institute for Global Learning.
to coming to Emory, Semetko was professor and chair of audience
and public opinion research on the faculty of social and behavioral
sciences at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
She has also been a faculty member at the University of Michigan
and Syracuse University, and a research fellow at Harvards
John F. Kennedy School of Government.
universities such as Emory have profoundly important roles to
play in fostering international understanding through enhancing
awareness and the exchange of ideas, said Semetko, who
has lived for most of the past two decades in Europe. A U.S.
citizen, she earned her undergraduate degree in economics and
political science at Albion College in 1980. She earned two
graduate degrees in England, including her Ph.D. from The London
School of Economics and Political Science.
hiring of Semetko stabilizes a position that has not seen permanence
in some time. Marion Creekmore served as interim vice provost
during the 200203 academic year. Prior to that, School
of Law Dean Tom Arthur held the position on an interim basis.