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Vice President and Dean of Campus Life

Nominations/Applications

Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Emory University will be assisted by Ellen Brown Landers, Courtney Disston, and Tracie Smith of Heidrick & Struggles Inc. Nominations and applications should be directed to:

Emory University Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Search
Heidrick & Struggles Inc.
1180 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2250
Atlanta, GA 30309
Email: emorycampuslife@heidrick.com

Emory VP and Dean of Campus Life Position Specification

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

Heidrick & Struggles serves the senior-level talent and leadership needs of the world's top organizations as a trusted advisor across executive search, leadership assessment and development, organization and team effectiveness, and culture shaping services. Heidrick & Struggles pioneered the profession of executive search more than 60 years ago. With offices in principal cities around the world, the Atlanta office of Heidrick & Struggles is located in Midtown and has been a contributing member of the Atlanta community since 1980.

Since last May, the Search Advisory Committee has conducted a number of listening sessions with members of the Emory community to obtain additional feedback on the role of Campus Life at Emory and priorities for the new vice president.  Based on a range of feedback, a position profile was finalized to reflect the experience and competencies sought for this role at Emory.  Feedback from the listening sessions will also be used as committee members review applications and ultimately structure questions for candidate interviews.

Working closely with its search consultants at Heidrick & Struggles, the Search Advisory Committee is pleased to be receiving a number of outstanding applications for the position.  The new Strategic Framework, One Emory: Engaged for Impact, is being shared with prospective candidates to give them a sense of Emory’s bold goals for the future and the important role that campus life and this next leader will play.  

As a critical part of the process, the Search Advisory Committee anticipates conducting confidential interviews with a select group of candidates during the fall semester.  Once all the interviews are complete, the committee will then provide its recommendation to the Provost as to the most outstanding candidates in the pool. 


It is with excitement that we announce the launch of the search process for the Vice President and Dean of Campus Life. This position is critical to Emory’s continued growth as an academic community committed to a vibrant and inclusive student experience. 

Emory has formed a Search Advisory Committee, comprised of Emory faculty, students, staff, and alumni. Its co-chairs are Michael A. Elliott and Pamela Scully. Elliott is Dean of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English. Scully is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Professor of African Studies, and incoming Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. She is also the outgoing director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.

Ellen Brown Landers of Heidrick & Struggles will serve as the search consultant for this position. She knows Emory well through her prior involvement with key leadership searches. In addition, she is highly regarded as an expert in higher education. She has the unique ability to create consensus and integrate a variety of input to fully develop a position profile and appropriately source highly competitive candidates.  

A word about next steps: Over the next few months, the search advisory committee, with assistance from the search consultant, will develop a work plan and initiate “listening meetings” with members of the Emory community. A profile, based on community feedback, will outline the expected qualifications for the new vice president.

Several town hall meetings have been conducted to encourage all Emory community members to attend and share their thoughts. One session remains:

Undergraduate Student Listening Session
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room 102

Graduate Student Listening Session
Monday, October 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Goizueta Business School, Room 204

If you were not able to attend a listening session or if you have additional thoughts, you can share them with us by clicking on the “share your thoughts” button on this page and completing a brief form.

Committee Co-Chairs:

  1. Michael Elliott: Dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences; Charles Howard Candler Professor of English.
  2. Pamela Scully: Professor of Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Professor of African Studies; incoming Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education; outgoing Director, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.

Committee Members:

  1. Emily Allen (08C): Principal Healthcare Solutions Consultant, Salesforce.
  2. Brent Allman: Graduate Student in the Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution PhD Program.
  3. David Clark: Associate Vice President of Campus Life.
  4. Mary Herrick: Graduate Student in the Neuroscience PhD Program.
  5. Del King: Associate Vice President, Human Resources.
  6. Kelley Lips (02Ox 04C): Dean of Enrollment Services, Oxford College.
  7. Kristy Kiel Martyn: Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.
  8. John Priddy: Undergraduate Student, Political Science Major.
  9. Teresa Rivero (85Ox, 87B, 93MPH): Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Emory University Board of Trustees.
  10. James Roland: Senior Director, Civic and Community Engagement; Executive Director, Atlanta Urban Debate League; Director, Emory Center for Advancing Nonviolence (ECAN).
  11. Kristin Wendland: Professor of Pedagogy. 
  12. Madelyn Zapata: Undergraduate Student, Interdisciplinary Studies Major.

Staff Support for the Committee: Lynn Magee, Manager of Employee Operations, Office of the Provost.

If you have questions about the search process, please contact Lynn Magee, Manager of Employee Operations, Office of the Provost, at lynn.magee@emory.edu or 404.727.0313.

Heidrick & Struggles

Email: emorycampuslife@heidrick.com

Heidrick & Struggles serves the senior-level talent and leadership needs of the world's top organizations as a trusted advisor across executive search, leadership assessment and development, organization and team effectiveness, and culture shaping services. Heidrick & Struggles pioneered the profession of executive search more than 60 years ago. With offices in principal cities around the world, the Atlanta office of Heidrick & Struggles is located in Midtown and has been a contributing member of the Atlanta community since 1980.

Monday, April 30, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: 205 White Hall

Wednesday, May 2, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Center for Ethics Commons, room 102

Undergraduate Student Listening Session
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room 102
 
Graduate Student Listening Session
Monday, October 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Goizueta Business School, Room 204

The search process will be regularly updated on this website.

We are grateful to the search advisory committee and the greater Emory community for your commitment to ensure a successful outcome for this search. Your input and participation will be critical to identifying the next leader of Campus Life—a leader who is the right fit for our community, who understands our challenges and our strengths, who wants to participate in our collective work, and who has a vision for helping us achieve compassion and excellence in all we do as a campus community.