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April 28, 2008

Candler School of Theology
Phase l of a new building to house Candler School of Theology and the Ethics Center is nearing completion. Filling that space will be more distinguished faculty, as Candler anticipates appointments of an associate dean of Methodist Studies, the first Hankey Professor in World Evangelism, and the first director of lifelong learning. The school is undertaking a new initiative to reduce student debt by enhancing need-based scholarships, and providing stipends for students to work in church and community ministry.

Emory College
The College has made great strides in enhancing its student body, facilities, faculty and staff. The Emory Advantage program attracts excellent students from lower income families, and a retention task force will help all students graduate. Nearly 40 outstanding faculty have been added since 2005. New for staff: a development program and annual service awards. Three-quarters of College classrooms now offer the highest level of technology, and a new psychology building will soon anchor the “Science Commons.”

School of Law
Fulfilling its mission to prepare students for “more than practice,” Emory Law launched the Center for Transactional Law and Practice, providing contract drafting, negotiation and deals-skill training. The Center offered workshops to practitioners in mergers and acquisitions and hosted a contract drafting conference for educators. Expanding on its foundational strength in international and comparative law, the school launched an International Humanitarian Law Clinic and its inaugural summer study program in Budapest.

Goizueta Business School
The strong need for principled leaders aligns with Goizueta Business School’s focus on developing students into business leaders. Its set of core leadership characteristics helped guide the creation of the Full-time MBA Program’s new curriculum, which begins fall semester. With the hiring of renowned faculty and a director for its school-wide leadership development program, Goizueta is positioned to remain a key producer of future generations of talented business leaders.

Oxford College
Oxford is completing a 350-bed residence hall for fall 2008 that provides space for student health/counseling services, exercise facilities and a career center. Applications to Oxford increased 130 percent due to the new “One Voice” admissions strategy that gives prospective Emory students a look at all undergraduate college options. Oxford remains focused on developing the best practices and scholarship in liberal arts teaching and learning, and has filled two key positions toward that goal.

Rollins School of Public Health
Construction will begin this summer on the Claudia Nance Rollins Building to expand teaching and research space for the Rollins School of Public Health. Funded by a $50 million commitment from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation and Grace Crum Rollins, the building will strengthen collaborations within and outside Emory. When it opens in 2010, it will more than double the school’s size and consolidate classrooms, labs and offices. The building will also raise the school’s profile as a destination for public health students and leaders.

School of Medicine
In addition to a new building and new curriculum, the School of Medicine is poised to expand clinical trials. The Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute, through a $31 million NIH grant, is a new partnership to develop innovative treatments. The NIH selected Emory, with a $23 million grant, to join the national Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units. Emory is a new member of national clinical trials groups for HIV/AIDS. The Winship Cancer Institute is partnering with community physicians to make more clinical trials available throughout Georgia.

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Compounding the shortage of nurses in this country is a dearth of faculty, as baby boomers retire during the next two decades. The School of Nursing is meeting this challenge with a number of innovative solutions. The school has established a fast-track summer program to enable master’s-prepared nurses to become educators, and students who have excelled as undergraduates are encouraged to go straight into an expanded doctorate program. Four tenure track faculty with significant research programs have been hired, and there are plans to fill two Woodruff Chairs.

Graduate School
The Graduate School has focused on laying the foundation for growth. In coming years, the funding of doctoral students will be more firmly anchored in all the schools that participate in doctoral programs. This will position the school to expand graduate programs to support Emory’s strategic goals and complement a growing faculty. Enhanced opportunities for innovative graduate education include a new matching fund supporting interdisciplinary innovation and intellectual enrichment, and two new courses encouraging teaching in interdisciplinary or emerging domains of scholarship.