Leadership: New Deans for Goizueta, Chapel

Emory welcomed two new deans in July.

Erika Hayes James was appointed dean of Goizueta Business School, coming to Emory from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, where she served most recently as senior associate dean for executive education.

“Erika James has all of the qualities that we want for a leader at Goizueta,” says Provost Claire Sterk, who led the international search. “She brings a background of impressive scholarship and strong skills in academic administration, and she will work collaboratively with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and supporters to take the school to the next level—all the while honoring the principled leadership of Mr. Goizueta’s legacy.”

Emory also announced the selection of the Reverend Bridgette Young Ross to be its next dean of the chapel and spiritual life.

“Bridgette Young Ross brings great gifts of faith, intellect, bridge-building, and mentorship to the work of the Office of Spiritual Life,” says President James Wagner. “She will continue to strengthen the vibrant and formative interfaith dynamics that are a hallmark of Emory as a research university.”

For the past five years, Young Ross has served as assistant general secretary of the UMC General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, in Nashville, Tennessee. Young Ross previously served at Emory from 2000 to 2009 as associate dean of the chapel.

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