Emory’s search for a successor to President
Bill Chace has been narrowed to as few as four candidates, Board
of Trustees Chair Ben Johnson announced June 24.
Johnson, who chairs the Presidential Search Committee, said the
group interviewed 15 candidates in mid-May and has brought “at
least four and perhaps more” of those individuals back to
campus for second interviews.
“Everyone we saw in the second round was a serious and credible
candidate who was quite interested in the position and excited about
the opportunities Emory has in front of it,” Johnson said.
“I’m quite optimistic that the process will present
Emory with a president we can all be excited about.”
Johnson said all the candidates hold “significant positions
at other institutions” and place a high regard on confidentiality;
there has been no indication that any would be comfortable with
holding public appearances on campus during the final stage of the
“None of them wants to be identified as having been involved
in some other search—particularly as having been involved
in some other search and not having been successful,” Johnson
He said the committee hopes to make a recommendation for Emory’s
next president to the Board of Trustees by the end of the summer.
Chace announced his retirement last November, but he said he would
remain as president until his successor arrives at Emory. In addition
to the Presidential Search Committee, Johnson nominated a 10-person
Faculty Advisory Committee to provide more faculty input into the
search while maintaining candidates’ desire for privacy.