William M. Chace

William ChasePresident 1995-2003

  • Presides over era of tremendous growth, including:
    • Sponsored research ($118 million in 1994 to $277 million in 2002)
    • A comprehensive campus plan that invests roughly $1 billion in new buildings and renovations and transforms campus into a pedestrian-friendly one,
    • The 42-acre, $70 million Clairmont Campus
  • Extends commiment to diversity, including benefits for same-sex partners of employees and the highest percentage of African American students among AAU institutions
  • Expands literary archives through acquisitions such as the papers of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Collection
  • Steps down as presidency and continues to teach English literature, dividing his time between Emory and Stanford, until formally retiring from Emory in 2014