Volume 52, No. 29
Paul named graduate school dean
By Michael Terrazas
Robert Paul, Candler Professor of Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies, will be the next dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Provost Rebecca Chopp announced last week.
Paul, who is director of the Institute of Liberal Arts, will take the reins of the graduate school on June 1, succeeding Don Stein, who has served as dean since 1995.
"This search was intense and prolonged," said Chopp, who chaired the search committee that selected Paul from a pool of three finalists. "Bobby Paul knows the heart and soul of Emory and understands what a world-class research university is. We're very excited one of our own will be the new dean."
Paul said, even though he has served as director of the ILA and chair of the anthropology department, the deanship will still be quite a transition for him. "I'm very pleased and excited to be taking on this task, and I look forward to continued close cooperation with my faculty colleagues, graduate students and now this administration," he said.
President Bill Chace said Paul's "intelligence, his depth of wisdom, his long experience with Emory and his intellectual breadth" all helped lift him to the top of Emory's list. "I believe he will want to secure our graduate program, in both teaching and research, as a top priority of the University," Chace said. "He will have lots of help in achieving this aspiration."
Paul has been at Emory since 1977. He received his bachelor's in history and literature from Harvard University in 1963, then moved to the University of Chicago's anthropology department, earning his master's in 1966 and his Ph.D. in 1970. He served on the faculties of the City College of New York, City University of New York and Stanford University before coming to Emory.
An award-winning researcher--his book Moses and Civilization: The Meaning Behind Freud's Myth received the Heinz Hartman Award, the National Jewish Book Award and the L. Bryce Boyer Prize--Paul said he will devote his full energies to the deanship. "It's kind of bittersweet," he said, "giving up teaching and active research, though it's my hope that I will find some time for both of those.
"Emory has tremendous potential and has already realized some of that, but the University is in a phase where it can do some exciting things over the next few years," he said.
"I have a lot of confidence in the current administration, the people I'll be working with, and I think it will be an exciting time for me and I hope for all my colleagues and students."