Emory University has announced that a black woman will become the next dean of its Goizueta Business School, making history among top business school programs. Erika Hayes James, a former senior associate dean for executive education at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, will assume her new role in mid July. James holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and has also distinguished herself as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies.
Emory’s business school, founded 95 years ago, was honored to take its current name in 1994 from Roberto C. Goizueta, the innovative and influential business leader who served as chair and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company from 1981 until his death in 1997. Central to his vision and the school’s mission are excellence and principled leadership, which set Goizueta apart from others and greatly impact the experience of students and the curriculum.
“Erika James has all of the qualities that we want for a leader at Goizueta,” says Provost Sterk, who led the international search. “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.”
In fact, along with research interests of passionate faculty and the excitement of students about their learning environment, the emphasis on principles and ethics in business drew James to the school. “I believe that the Goizueta Business School is a world-renowned school that is on the verge of greatness,” she says, “and I want to be a part of helping the school reach that greatness.” Read more.