Emory Report
November 6, 2006
Volume 59, Number 10


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November 6 , 2006
Emory's Center for Humanistic Inquiry bears new name - Fox

BY helen anne richards

Colleagues, students, former students and friends gathered under gloomy skies on Homecoming Saturday to dedicate The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. The dedication was anything but gloomy, and recognized the Foxes as champions of Emory and the humanities.

Emory President Jim Wagner welcomed everyone and said, “As I travel the country, it is clear that for many alumni and friends of Emory, Bill and Carol Fox represent the heart and soul of this university.”

“The Foxes — both Bill and Carol — served Emory University for over 35 years,” he continued. “As a couple they demonstrated to us all a deep and abiding dedication to the ideals of engagement and service.”

Fox began his tenure with Emory as a doctoral student in religion and literature. He began his administrative career in 1974 in the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts. He earned his Ph.D. in 1979 and was named Emory’s first dean of Campus Life. Three years later, he was named vice president for Campus Life.

Later in his career, Fox joined the Institutional Advancement division, now the Office of Development and University Relations. He retired as senior vice president for external affairs. Fox also taught an undergraduate course in literature and religion each year.

The newly-named Center offers fellowships for Emory faculty and graduate students as well as visiting scholars, and also coordinates lectures on a wide array of topics for participants across campus.

Friends of the Foxes already have donated $1.2 million to the Center, with a goal of raising $2 million.
Center Director and Professor Martine Watson Brownley said, “In four years, from work done at the Center, CHI Fellows have published 12 books and 78 articles and book chapters; presented 68 conference papers; and received 12 Ph.D.s.