As faculty and students
were leaving the University in December for winter break, the work
of the presidential search committee officially began with the announcement
of its membership.
Board of Trustees (BOT) Chair Ben Johnson, who is chairing the committee
charged with finding a successor to President Bill Chace, announced
Dec. 11 the formation of a group that includes several trustees,
three faculty, one administrator and a student.
John Ford, senior vice president and dean of Campus Life, is the
sole administrator in the group, and he is joined by three professors:
Wright Caughman, professor and chair of dermatology in the School
of Medicine; Luke Johnson, Woodruff Professor of New Testament and
Christian Origins in the Candler School of Theology; and Deborah
Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies.
Also on the committee is Emory College senior and Student Govern-ment
Association President Christopher Richardson.
Rounding out the committee’s membership is a quintet of Emory
trustees: Robert Fannin, resident bishop of the Birmingham, Ala.,
area of the United Methodist Church and BOT vice-chair; Charles
Ginden, retired executive vice president of SunTrust Bank and BOT
secretary; Ellen Bailey, chief operating officer of Cardiology of
Georgia; Neal Purcell, retired vice chairman of KPMG LLP; and Chilton
Varner, partner in the law firm of King & Spalding.
According to University Secretary Gary Hauk, Johnson will appoint
small advisory groups to represent various constituencies (students,
faculty, alumni, etc.), propose candidates, seek nominations and
consult with the search committee.
The committee was set to meet as a group for the first time last
week, and Johnson said it will visit with campus governance groups
in January as well as plan public forums to gauge community opinion
on the kind of leader Emory needs. He also said the committee will
immediately hire a seach consulting firm to assist.
“I’m not looking for someone who fits just one mold,”
said Lipstadt, who agreed to serve on the committee despite being
on medical leave this semester. “The college is the unit with
which I’m closest and most familiar, but my loyalty is to
the whole University, so I’ll be looking for someone who is
good for the whole University—of which the college is part.”
To provide up-to-date information on the presidential search, a
website has been set up at www.emory.edu/