175 Makers of History: Billy E. Frye

Billy E. Frye 64G 56PhD
Emory Provost and Chancellor

Billy Frye

Among Billy E. Frye's highest priorities during his tenure as Emory's first provost, and later chancellor, was maintaining a sense of community in the face of the University's rapid physical expansion.

Frye returned to Emory in 1986 to become dean of the graduate school and vice president for research and was named provost two years later. He devoted countless hours over several years to conversations with stakeholders in the Emory community, setting goals and guidelines for Emory to know itself and map its future. The document that resulted, Choices and Responsibility, served as a blueprint for a critical time in Emory's history.

In 1997, he was given Emory's Thomas Jefferson Award for significant service to Emory through personal activities, influence, and leadership.