Douglas Hicks

A new dean for Oxford College

Emory welcomes Douglas A. Hicks, PhD, as the new dean of Oxford College. Hicks comes to Emory from Colgate University where he has served as provost and dean of the faculty and currently is senior adviser for academic initiatives and professor of religion. He will assume his new role at Emory on July 15, 2016.

"Dean Hicks brings a distinguished career of teaching, collaborative leadership, and community building to Oxford College," says Emory Provost Claire E. Sterk. "With a passion to engage young people in the liberal arts, he is an ideal person to lead Oxford College in reaching its aspirations to educate lifelong learners who see the world through a broad lens."

Hicks rose through the faculty ranks at the University of Richmond to serve as professor of leadership studies and religion before joining the Colgate faculty. In addition to teaching, he served as provost and dean of the faculty at Colgate from 2012 to 2015 and was a key architect of the university's strategic plan, which included priorities of internationalization, technological innovation, civic engagement, and pedagogical development.

In his first 90 days on the job, Hicks looks forward to joining the Oxford community "in progress," getting to know its people, values, and stories. With these perspectives, he promises to deepen its connections to the local civic landscape and to Emory's Atlanta campus.