Committees

The authority of the board is specified in the Restated Articles of Incorporation (Charter) of Emory University, which establishes that the board is the decision-making body of the university and gives it authority over all important aspects of university governance, including real property, endowment, all contracts, financial resources, faculty appointments, and student discipline. 

The board meets three times a year and attends to policy matters and the missions of the university. The Emory University Bylaws authorize the Executive Committee to carry out the duties of the board between full board meetings. The work of the board is also conducted through a number of standing committees, including Investment; Real Estate, Buildings, and Grounds; Finance; Audit and Compliance; Academic Affairs; Campus Life; Emory Development and Communications; Governance, Trusteeship, and Nominations; and the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Board. The specific responsibilities of each committee are outlined in the bylaws.

To provide a faculty perspective on matters considered by the trustees, faculty counselors are appointed to serve on board committees. These counselors are permitted according to the Emory University Bylaws, which read, "Each committee may, upon nomination from the chair of the board, appoint Counselors, who shall have full authority to engage in the deliberations of the trustee committee but shall not have a vote." 

The committee descriptions below are excerpts from the Bylaws of Emory University, Article II, Section 3, Committees.

Executive Committee

Between meetings of the board, the Executive Committee has general charge of the affairs of the university and carries out any directions or resolutions of the board until the board's next meeting.

Membership

John F. Morgan Sr., Chair

G. Lindsey Davis, Vice Chair

Laura J. Hardman, Secretary

Thomas D. Bell Jr.

Walter M. Deriso Jr.

Robert C. Goddard III

C. Robert Henrikson

M. Douglas Ivester

Jonathan K. Layne

Wendell S. Reilly

Katherine T. Rohrer

Diane W. Savage

Academic Affairs Committee

The Academic Affairs Committee reviews any recommendations of an academic nature upon which the Board of Trustees or its Executive Committee votes or establishes policy. The Academic Affairs Committee supports and fulfills the institution’s academic mission by reviewing recommendations regarding appointment of academic deans, continuous appointments for faculty, proposed additions or deletions of degree offerings, and nominations of candidates for honorary degrees. 

Membership

Katherine T. Rohrer, Chair

Laura J. Hardman

Jonathan K. Layne

Teri Plummer McClure

Charles H. McTier

Deborah A. Marlowe

Adam H. Rogers

Leah Ward Sears

Lynn H. Stahl

Chilton D. Varner

Jaffer Khan, Faculty Counselor

Kathryn Yount, Faculty Counselor

Audit and Compliance Committee

The Audit and Compliance Committee arranges for, examines, and reports on an annual audit of the university’s financial records and examines and report on such ad hoc internal audits as are deemed necessary by the committee, the Board of Trustees, or the university administration.

Membership

Walter M. Deriso Jr., Chair

Jonathan K. Layne, Vice Chair

Ellen A. Bailey

Shantella Carr Cooper

Russell R. French

John T. Glover

Robert C. Goddard III

Teri Plummer McClure

Mark A. Weinberger

Eric R. Weeks, Faculty Counselor

Campus Life Committee

The Campus Life Committee is informed of matters related to student services and programs and makes appropriate recommendations to the Executive Committee concerning the enhancement of student and community life on campus.

Membership

Laura J. Hardman, Chair

Teresa M. Rivero, Vice Chair

Marvin S. Arrington Sr.

James R. Gavin III

Deborah A. Marlowe

Adam H. Rogers

Diane W. Savage

Lynn H. Stahl

James E. Swanson Sr.

Gregory J. Vaughn

William C. Warren IV

B. Michael Watson

Karen Stolley, Faculty Counselor

Emory Development and Communications Committee

The Emory Development and Communications Committee considers and recommends for approval policies and programs relating to philanthropic giving, fund-raising initiatives, alumni affairs, communications, and public relations of the university and its various divisions and makes appropriate recommendations to the Board of Trustees or its Executive Committee. 

Members

Diane W. Savage, Chair

Henry L. Bowden Jr.

Susan A. Cahoon

Walter M. Deriso Jr.

James L. Ferman Jr.

Javier C. Goizueta

Lee P. Miller

Wendell S. Reilly

Mitchell A. Tanzman

B. Michael Watson

Deborah W. Bruner, Faculty Counselor

Executive Compensation and Trustees' Conflict of Interest Committee

The Executive Compensation and Trustees’ Conflict of Interest Committee reviews executive compensation and trustee actions involving potential conflict of interest.

Members

Jonathan K. Layne, Chair

Ben F. Johnson III

John F. Morgan Sr.

J. Neal Purcell

John G. Rice

Diane W. Savage

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee collaborates with the president of the university in the preparation of the annual budget for the university. The Finance Committee also reviews and makes recommendations regarding proposals for funding capital projects or other major expenditures not included in the annual budget process.

Members

Thomas D. Bell Jr.

Rick M. Rieder, Vice Chair

Thomas I. Barkin

Shantella Carr Cooper

John T. Glover

M. Douglas Ivester

George D. Overend

J. Neal Purcell

Wendell S. Reilly

Katherine T. Rohrer

Jill Perry-Smith, Faculty Counselor

Governance, Trusteeship, and Nominations Committee

The Governance, Trusteeship, and Nominations Committee helps orient new trustees toward fulfilling the responsibilities of trusteeship; regularly evaluates the board’s structure and composition; makes recommendations regarding the optimum terms of service of board members and officers; nurtures the collegiality and vitality of the board; and, when vacancies occur on the board, presents  nominations for membership to the board.

Membership

Wendell S. Reilly, Chair

Kathelen Amos, Vice Chair

Henry L. Bowden Jr.

G. Lindsey Davis

Javier D. Goizueta

C. Robert Henrikson

Ben F. Johnson III

John F. Morgan Sr.

Teresa M. Rivero

Leah Ward Sears

Chilton D. Varner

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee has general oversight of the investments of the university and has the authority when, in its opinion, the best interests of the university justify such action, to authorize the sale of any securities owned by the university, to authorize the purchase of any securities in which the funds of the university should—in its judgment—be invested, and to approve other investment strategies.

Members

Mitchell A. Tanzman, Chair

Bradley Currey Jr.

C. Robert Henrikson

Steven H. Lipstein

Rick M. Rieder

Susan Ashmore, Faculty Counselor

Real Estate, Buildings, and Grounds Committee

The Real Estate, Buildings, and Grounds Committee investigates and recommends appropriate action on all matters dealing with the erection, alteration,  destruction, or naming of any buildings or grounds owned by the university either on or off it campuses, and to make appropriate recommendations to the Executive Committee concerning acquisition or disposition of real estate, its management, rental, or policies relating thereto.

Members

Robert C. Goddard III, Chair

Marvin S. Arrington Sr.

Thomas D. Bell Jr.

Henry L. Bowden Jr.

Susan A. Cahoon

James B. Carson Jr.

Russell R. French

John T. Glover

Laura J. Hardman

Timothy C. Rollins

Mary Virginia Taylor

Pamela H. Scully, Faculty Counselor

Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Board

The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Board is responsible for the operation and development of the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory Healthcare—including The Emory Clinic and the university hospitals—and other related centers, institutes, and school activities.

Members

M. Douglas Ivester, Chair

Russell R. French, Vice Chair

J. David Allen

Kathelen Amos

G. Lindsey Davis

James R. Gavin III

Charles B. Ginden

Robert C. Goddard III

William N. Kelley

Steven H. Lipstein

Charles H. McTier

Gary W. Rollins

Timothy C. Rollins

William C. Warren IV

Sheryl Heron, Faculty Counselor