Michael Johns to become Emory’s
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Michael Johns, chief executive officer of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and chair of the board of Emory Healthcare, has been appointed chancellor of Emory University.
Johns will assume the chancellorship on September 1, 2007, becoming the fifth chancellor of the University. The position was last held by former provost and interim president Billy Frye from 1997 to 2001.
Johns is a cochair with Provost Earl Lewis of the University’s strategic plan, “Where Courageous Inquiry Leads.” As chancellor, he will guide internal programs for leadership development, mentoring, and succession planning, and will represent the University on such off-campus matters as health care policy and partnership building.
“Mike embodies an untiring passion for excellence and a remarkable dedication to the improvement of all of Emory,” says President Jim Wagner. “Simply put, Mike Johns raises the game of everyone around him.”
Johns was recruited to Emory in 1996 to head the Woodruff Health Sciences Center from the Johns Hopkins University, where he was dean of the medical school. During his tenure, Emory consolidated its clinics and hospitals under Emory Healthcare, creating the largest health care system in Georgia, with 4.2 million patient visits annually. In research, annual grant awards to faculty more than doubled, climbing to $331 million in 2006, supporting initiatives from nanotechnology and genomics to vaccine and drug development, tissue engineering, and predictive and global health.
Emory health sciences faculty membership in the Institute of Medicine has grown from one to twenty-one in the past decade.
The University also became a major player in transferring health care technology to the marketplace, including the launch of thirty-seven start-up companies.
The Woodruff Health Sciences Center’s annual economic impact on metro Atlanta has grown to $4.6 billion, and charitable care provided to the community by Emory clinicians has grown to almost $71 million per year.