Claire Sterk

Meet the Provost

President-Elect, Emory University
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health

In June 2016, the Board of Trustees unanimously selected Claire E. Sterk as Emory University's new president, effective September 1, 2016. As the sixth provost of Emory since 2013, Sterk brings a great range of academic and administrative experience to her roles at the university. A senior member of the provost's office since 2005 and a faculty member in public health since 1995, she has additional faculty appointments in anthropology, sociology, and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Her primary research interests are addiction, mental health, and HIV/AIDS, with a focus on community-based interventions. She is a leading international figure in the fields of public health and anthropology and the author of three books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. In addition to service on several editorial boards, Sterk holds several professional leadership positions, including president of the Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco section of the American Sociological Association and a board member of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

A native of the Netherlands, Sterk holds a PhD in sociology from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a doctoral degree in medical anthropology from the University of Utrecht.

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Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Stuart Zola

One of the nation's leading neuroscientists, Stuart Zola serves as Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of Emory University. He brings a breadth and depth of administrative and faculty experience to the Office of the Provost, having previously collaborated with most of Emory's nine colleges and schools.

Most recently, Zola served as deputy associate chief of staff for research at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, enhancing relationships between the VA, Emory, and other universities in Georgia. As director emeritus of Yerkes National Primate Research Center and professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral science in the Emory School of Medicine, he has a long history of service at Emory, including co-directing the Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. During his emeritus career at Emory, Zola has continued to mentor graduate students and post-docs in psychiatry.

A primary contribution of his research is greater understanding of how the brain organizes memory and how this organization relates to memory problems such as amnesia. In recognition of his achievements, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences named Zola a fellow in 2009. He also co-founded Neurotrack, a digital technology company that has developed a quick, web-based test that uses eye-tracking technology to diagnose mild cognitive impairment and is currently in research trials around the nation.

In previous roles, Zola has colloborated on research studies on aging and HIV with faculty in the Rollins School of Public Health, lectured on neuroscience in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, worked with graduate students teams from the Goizueta Business School to solve challenges at the VA, consulted with the School of Law on a developing program in health and law, and championed the importance of nursing and particularly the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in health care. He sees himself as a bridge between the health sciences and the wide range of other disciplines at Emory.

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