New dean – Emory names leader for Goizueta

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 19, 2014
Erika Hayes James, the new dean of Emory's Goizueta Business School

Erika Hayes James, the new dean of Emory’s Goizueta Business School

Emory University has named a new dean to lead its Goizueta Business School.

Erika Hayes James will become the school’s new dean on July 15. Most recently she was senior associate dean for executive education at Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, the university said in its announcement.

“Erika James has all of the qualities that we want for a leader at Goizueta,” Provost Claire Sterk said in the press release. “She brings a background of impressive scholarship and strong skills in academic administration, and she will work collaboratively with faculty, students, staff, alumni and supporters to take the school to the next level—all the while honoring the principled leadership of Mr. Goizueta’s legacy.”

According to Emory, James holds a PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. She is noted for her work studying crisis leadership and is considered an expert in executive leadership and academic administration, the university says.

“As a consultant to Fortune 500 clients, she has helped executives lead their organizations by developing skills in decision-making under pressure, seizing opportunities in crises and managing the change process afterwards, and promoting workplace diversity,” the university’s press release says.

For the full announcement, click here.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    “Ms. James has all the qualities that we want for a leader at Emory…” The announcement doesn’t mention that Dr. James is also a drop dead gorgeous woman (who just so happens to be black but who cares about that right?). I’m not all that impressed with her doctorate from the U. of Michigan but that she was a dean at the U. Of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s school and a place where ability and tradition really matter. The old red-headed wonder must be smiling in heaven. Congratulations Dr. James!

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