Stuart Zola

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Stuart Zola
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

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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Dwight A. McBride
Provost-Elect and Executive Vice President-Elect

Dwight McBride will join Emory as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2017.

McBride comes to Emory from Northwestern University, where he serves as dean of the graduate school and associate provost for graduate education, as well as the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, and Performance Studies.

During his time as dean and associate provost, The Graduate School made unprecedented progress in diversifying Northwestern's PhD programs, oversaw a major increase to the base stipend rate and other forms of financial and academic support for PhD and MFA students, expanded professional development offerings for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and created the Office for Academic Affairs in The Graduate School, which is responsible for maintaining the excellence of the degree programs.

In addition, McBride expanded outreach efforts to create a greater sense of community among graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, established the Office of Diversity & Inclusion within the school, and significantly increased the number of training grants and other sources of external funding to support graduate students and postdocs.

McBride received his undergraduate degree in English and African American Studies from Princeton University. He earned his master's and PhD in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. McBride previously served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.

An award-winning author of numerous publications that examine connections between race theory, black studies and identity politics, McBride is the founder and co-editor of the James Baldwin Review. His work has received special citations from the Crompton-Noll Award Committee of the Modern Language Association, and his research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

McBride has served on the executive committee of the Association of American Universities (AAU) Association of Graduate Schools; the board of directors of American Colleges & Universities; and the GRE Board, among others.