Betty Willis introduced our speaker, Dr. Jim Wagner, who has been President of Emory University since 2003.
Dr. Wagner discussed three aspects of Emory:
Who are we? Emory is a community of 13,000 students (7,000 of these are undergraduates) and 23,000 employees (including Emory Healthcare). Almost 80 percent of employees live in DeKalb County. "We are your neighbors," he said. While only 20 percent of the current student population is from Georgia, approximately 40 percent of all Emory alumni/ae live in Georgia.
What do we do? Emory provides education, research and scholarship, and healthcare. Emory is inquiry driven with a diversity of perspective. It is ethically engaged and fosters a culture of service to the community. "Emory continues to explore the hows and whys of life," he said.
Why does Emory matter? Dr. Wagner said that Emory is part of the Atlanta region's "brain gain" due to its educational impact throughout the state. The community benefits from the cultural opportunities provided by the Carlos Museum, the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Theater Emory, and the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Books Library (MARBL). In addition, Emory continues to engage the community through the Center for Lifelong Learning.
Emory also matters through its economic impact, Dr. Wagner said. Emory is the fourth largest private employer in the metro area. Through direct employment and its ripple effect, Emory provides $5 billion annually and 50,000 jobs. Twenty-five percent of all physicians in Georgia were either educated or trained at Emory, and Emory has provided $64 million in charity health care.
"We relish being a part of this community and are proud to be your neighbor," he said. "We hope you are also proud of us."
Speaker, Dr. James Wagner