Erika Hayes James
Courtesy of Emory University
The Emory University announced yesterday that Erika Hayes James would serve as new dean of Goizueta Business School beginning July 15.
The search firm Heidrick and Struggles assisted the search advisory committee at Emory to find the right candidates. "Erika James has all of the qualities that we want for a leader at Goizueta," says Emory University Provost Claire 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 levelâ€”all the while honoring the principled leadership of Mr. Goizueta's legacy."
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." She hopes to deepen the connections between Goizueta and Atlanta's business community, nonprofit organizations and other universities. "I see a real opportunity to align business thought leadership in Atlanta and, in the tradition of the academy, to bring research to bear on challenges," says James. She also sees opportunities to bring Goizueta's business acumen together with Emory's health care expertise to address the enormous national challenges facing health care delivery systems.
Erika Hayes James was Senior Associate Dean for the Darden School of Business in Virginia. She earned a PhD in the field of organizational psychology and works at the intersection of organizational psychology and executive leadership. She was also a consultant to Fortune 500 companies helping executives lead their organizations in crises. She's very active on the web : she tweets very often on her Twitter account @erikahjames and has a personal website http://erikahayesjames.com where she publishes news and gives her thoughts about leadership and crises.