175 Makers of History: William H. Fox

William H. Fox 79PhD
Dean, Campus Life

William Fox

William H. Fox came to Emory in 1971 to pursue a doctorate in religion and literature and began his administrative career in 1974 as an assistant director in the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts.

In 1979 he became Emory's Dean of Campus Life, where he served for more than a decade and endeared himself to countless students. Taking over the leadership of Institutional Advancement in 1991, Fox led the completion of a capital campaign that raised $420 million for Emory. For much of his career, Fox taught classes in literature and theology at Emory College while carrying out his administrative roles.

After his 2005 retirement, the university named the Center for Humanistic Inquiry after Fox and his wife, Carol, as a tribute to their long and devoted service to Emory.