appointments, increased international engagement, a complete
sensitivity to the delicate ecology of a university, and total
fidelity to the central mission of teaching and learningall
of these are the legacy of Bill and JoAn Chace.
Board of Trustees Chair Ben F. Johnson
III, managing partner of the law firm of Alston and Bird
and chair of the search committee for a new president.
was a lot of fear that, with the emphasis on research, teaching
might be shoved aside. While Dr. Chace continued to support
the development of the overall quality of the institution, he
certainly brought a renewed emphasis on teaching because he
himself is such a committed teacher.
E. Frye, former Emory provost and chancellor.
Chace has been the successful champion of uniting good teaching
and research, celebrating diversity and inclusiveness among
our student body, and developing marvelous facilities. He has
a gift for helping students, faculty, staff, and alumni feel
like proud stakeholders in the future of Emory.
L. Ford, senior vice president and dean for campus life.
hallmark of Bill Chaces presidency has been his accessibility.
Hes particularly open to meeting with students to learn
about their ideas and hopes for Emory. Teaching has been a constant
and vital part of his job, and hes obviously energized
and inspired by students in the classroom.
L. Dearing, executive assistant to the president.
fall my wife, Peggy, and I were paddling around Stone Mountain
Lake in her tandem kayak and we passed alongside the Emory Crew
boat house. There we saw one of the boats on the dock. On the
bow was painted its name, Chace This! For me it
captured something of what Bill Chace is about as a leader:
row for all youre worth, and keep perspective about it.
Courtright, professor in the Department of Religion
helped create the Clairmont Campus, which is an outstanding
residential complex for students that has few equals in the
country, and promises to provide a new kind of integration of
intellectual and social life for students.
of Anthropology Bradd Shore, director
of the Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life and professor
at the Clairmont Campus
think Bills finest hour was his steadfast determination
to protect freedom from prejudice in matters of sexual orientation
along with our already established openness in matters of race,
gender, religion, and ethnicity. Emory is a more diverse and
accepting community now than it was, and Bill deserves much
credit for that.
Paul, dean of Emory College
parking spaces with benches and plants will be a lasting contribution
of Bill Chaces. I also appreciated his effort to meet
with people on campus. I remember him throwing [a] Frisbee to
anyone who wanted to join in on the Quad, all in his intent
to make the Emory campus more congenial and communal.
of Psychology Philippe Rochat
Bill Chace cares about teaching and appreciates its potency
in a residential college, he easily understood the mission of
Oxford and he worked to bring Emorys home campus closer
to the eight schools in Druid Hills. The inclusion of Oxford
in Emorys Master Plan allowed for a stunning improvement
and expansion of its facilities.
College Dean and Chief Executive Officer Dana
Chace brings a wonderful sense of excitement to scholarship.
Whenever he speaks, his enthusiasm carries the topic. His energy
makes the simplest issue sound astounding. I have learned from
Zola, neuroscientist and director Yerkes National Primate
after I arrived at Emory, Bill Chace spoke at grand rounds on
the psychiatric history and treatment of poet Ezra Pound. A
natural teacher, Bill enthralled the doctors and medical students
with his fabled eloquence and wide-ranging scholarship.
Johns, executive vice president for health affairs
Bill became president, one of the first things he said to senior
staff was, Im going to be communicating with you
by e-mail, so if youre not computer-literate, get that
way. He always responded to e-mail from students and faculty.