| James Curran
Rollins School of Public Health
"President Wagner exudes enthusiasm about Emory and our future.
His experience in research, teaching and administration at Case Western
Reserve and Johns Hopkins universities have provided him firsthand
knowledge of the opportunities available for interdisciplinary scholarship
Dean and CEO
"Jim Wagner understands Emory’s potential as a university
and the contribution it can make to American higher education. His
dual commitment to inquiry and values supports the mission of Oxford
College and each of the schools. His initiative and clarity of purpose
are impressive, as is the fact that he wants to lead Emory at this
point in its history. I was energized by our encounter."
"I look forward to working closely with Jim Wagner to introduce
him to the University and to help him continue the rapid development
of Emory into one of the defining universities of the nation."
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
"It is a great opportunity for me personally and for the Woodruff
Health Sciences Center to work from the starting gate with a new
leader of our University. Jim Wagner brings to Emory a rich and
diverse background as a scholar and leader. He embodies excellence
and understands what it takes to achieve at the highest levels.
He also understands Emory's aspirations, and I know he has his own
vision of where he'd like to see the University go over the coming
years. Ben Johnson and the search committee are to be complimented
on their process, diligence and commitment to finding an outstanding
leader for Emory University."
Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
"In addition to all the usual qualities needed in a president—intelligence,
energy, knowledge of scholarship, a dedication to excellence and
proven administrative skills—Jim Wagner impressed me with
his unassuming natural leadership ability and his understated but
very real moral compass. Jim will, I am confident, exercise a kind
of leadership that will engage the best energies and most creative
ideas of this academic community, and raise them to a new level
of collaborative excellence."
School of Medicine
"Jim is a man of vision and energy who can lead Emory to elite
status as a leading research University. He is an engineer who will
help foster deeper and stronger ties with Georgia Tech and create
opportunities that are additive to those in biomedical engineering."
Dorot Professor of Jewish Studies
"Although he comes from an engineering background, Jim has
a deep commitment to the concept of a liberal arts university. He
wants Emory to be at the cutting edge of academia without sacrificing
its tradition of being a values-based institution. He’s young,
energetic and anxious to make a difference. He comes to us with
a vision of what Emory is and what it can yet be. He is not coming
to be a caretaker—he is coming to be an agent of change."
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
"After seeing the record of Dr. Wagner’s scholarly and
academic administrative achievements, I was impressed. After having
the opportunity to interact directly with him, I came away even
more impressed. I believe Dr. Wagner is an excellent choice to be
our next president and that he will provide outstanding leadership
for the University.
He and I discussed the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at length,
and he understands the issues and challenges surrounding graduate
education nationally and is aware of many of the specific challenges
we face here at Emory. What makes me most enthusiastic about Dr.
Wagner’s appointment is that I believe he has the leadership
potential to assist us in enhancing the quality and stature of all
of the schools in the University. I look forward to working with
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
"Jim Wagner has a unique and impressive background. He has
a very strong, positive record of working effectively across schools,
and he understands the value of professional schools and an academic
health center within a larger university context. His own background
reflects a real comfort with interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary
contexts, and a balance of research, education and service. He is
uniquely well qualified to bring the multiple strengths of this
University, including nursing, together to work toward a new era
of greatness for Emory."
Emory College, Class of 2003
"I believe Dr. Wagner’s willingness to think broadly
and innovatively make him a great fit for this University. Emory
needs someone who can rally us all around and show us where we are
going as a University. It will be a challenge, and I think Dr. Wagner
can meet it. His vision for the University as a whole and his hopes
of being the president of everyone will improve where we stand as
an institution. If he is willing to reach out to all of Emory’s
constituencies and ensure that his message is heard throughout all
elements of the University, Emory will be a far more cohesive and
Candler School of Theology
"My first impressions [of Jim Wagner] are of an individual
appreciative of Emory’s heritage and alive to its prospects,
warm and engaging, probing and problem solving, energetic but calm,
clear-headed but critical, and genuinely interested in those with
whom he comes in contact. I think the Candler School of Theology
will benefit from strong leadership by an individual with proven
administrative and planning skills, with long experience in professional
education, with the ability to see the importance of both the part
and the whole, and with readiness to build on recent accomplishments
in taking Emory to the next level."
Goizueta Business School
"I was impressed with Jim Wagner. First of all, he listened
and did not reach premature conclusions. He displayed a strong sense
of energy and desire to be involved. He seemed to understand the
wonderful potential confronting Emory and relished the challenge
to achieve that potential. I believe he shares the ambition to accelerate
the slope of Goizueta’s success and to make this a Top 10
business school as quickly as possible. We share a penchant for
unparalleled quality in our research and teaching programs.
Presidential Search Committee member
+Denotes Faculty Advisory Committee member