Task Force: Future of the Arts

Task Force Charge

Provost Dwight A. McBride and Emory College Dean Michael Elliott convened the Task Force on the Future of the Arts in 2018 with the charge to identify priorities for investment through 2025 that will increase the impact of the arts across the university.

The task force, charged within the context of the One Emory strategic framework, is examining the potential of strategies that range from new academic programs to enhanced physical spaces to broader collaborative relationships in the greater Atlanta region and more.

Task Force Report

The Office of the Provost and the Dean of Emory College heartily thank the committee for their service, vision, and commitment to the future of the arts at Emory and in greater Atlanta communities. Next steps and future action items will be communicated following further review and planning with the faculty, dean, and other university leaders. Members of the Emory community can access the Task Force report here.


Executive Leadership Sponsors
Dwight A. McBrideProvost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Michael ElliottDean and Charles Howard Candler Professor of English | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Task Force Co-chairs
Kevin KarnesChair of the Department of Music and Winship Professor of Music History | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Doug ShipmanPresident and CEO | Woodruff Arts Center
Alumnus, Class of 1995 | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Task Force Members
Saskia BenjaminExecutive Director | Art Papers
Alumna, Class of 1995 | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Tasha Dobbin-BennettAssistant Professor of Art History and Studio Art | Oxford College
Jericho BrownDirector of the Creative Writing Program and Associate Professsor of English and Creative Writing | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Brent GlennArtistic Director of Theater Emory and Senior Lecturer of Theater Studies | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Andrea HershatterSenior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Senior Lecturer in Organization and Management | Goizueta Business School
Pellom McDaniels IIICurator of African American Collections | Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library
Gary MotleyDirector of Jazz Studies and Professor of Performance | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Fahamu PecouArtist
PhD Alumnus, Class of 2018 | Laney Graduate School
Beretta E. Smith-ShomadeDirector of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Leslie TaylorExecutive Director of the Center for Creativity and the Arts and Professor of Theater Studies | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Office of Business Practice Improvement
Bill DracosManaging Director of University Consulting and Chief Business Practice Improvement Officer
Ross NicholasDirector
Sara DickerSenior Associate