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A spring semester message from Provost McBride


Building on President Claire E. Sterk's bold new vision for Emory's future, Provost Dwight A. McBride reflects on a year of academic excellence and looks ahead toward work on the vision for Emory's future.

Spring Message Video Transcript

In the last 10 months I've met with a lot of people, a lot of people.

It's one thing to get to know the institution at a sort of 30,000-foot level, understanding the data, and the numbers, and what the history of the place is.

But understanding what Emory means to people—both at a deeply personal level, but also what it means in the larger landscape of higher education in the city of Atlanta—I think is really important to me as provost, as we think about how we move Emory forward and plan for the next phase of its future.

The strategic plan will be launched early in the fall of 2018. We're very excited about the work that has taken place over the last really two-and-a-half or more years. And over this last eight or nine months, we've really been finalizing the framework.

The new plan for Emory is one that is unapologetically committed to academic and research and scholarly eminence at every level.

This is a place that has a lot to offer in the landscape of higher education, and I think that over the next five to 10 years, we're going to make this an even more attractive place for undergraduate and graduate students through our very concentrated and intentional work around student experiences at Emory.

Making sure that we're able to recruit at the very highest levels and provide the kind of support for those students once they're here are very important goals in this plan as well.

Another one of the things that you'll see coming out of this plan will be a lot for faculty, a lot of investment in faculty lines, in recruiting and retaining the best faculty, diversifying our faculty. All of those are going to be very important tenets of the plan.

There's a lot in the plan for members of this community, but there's also a lot in this plan for the city of Atlanta, not least of which is really the opportunity to think about Atlanta as a strategic partner for Emory.

Now we're preparing an engaging rollout for the new academic year, which I think will be an auspicious beginning.

Everyone has a role to play in this work. It's an opportunity for all of us to think anew about our work on behalf of Emory through this very ambitious, academic lens to make Emory the eminent institution that we all know it's ready to be.

 

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