Presidential Destinations

The EAA's Presidential Destinations speaker series brings the Emory community around the country together with President Jim Wagner, who provides detailed updates about Emory and hosts open forums for alumni questions. The EAA's Presidential Destinations are the alumni community's best opportunities to meet President Wagner one-on-one in an engaging and accessible atmosphere, while strengthening bonds with fellow alumni and Emory.

President Wagner

Emory President Jim Wagner


Jim Wagner's impact on Emory has been remarkable since the day he stepped into office as the University's 19th president on September 1, 2003. He has led University-wide efforts to articulate Emory's vision, to update a Campus Master Plan that will reshape Emory's presence in Atlanta, and to develop a bold Strategic Plan that innovatively blends thought and action to bring about positive change in the world.

Under the guidance of that Strategic Plan, Where Courageous Inquiry Leads, President Wagner is at the forefront of Emory's efforts to be a destination university and to transform ourselves and our community. With boundless energy, refreshing candor, and creative ideas, President Wagner connects with the Emory community across the country and around the world, engaging alumni of all ages in the important work of their alma mater.

President Wagner's hobbies include sailing and restoring antique cars—a Model T Ford he restored with his father currently resides at Lullwater, and President Wagner is occasionally seen taking the vehicle for a spin around campus. He and his wife Debbie, a professional Christian educator, are parents of two daughters, Kimberly 08T and Christine.

President Wagner's CV in brief:


B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Delaware, 1975

M.S., Clinical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1978

Ph.D., Materials Science Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1984

A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, President Wagner held distinguished faculty and administrative positions at Johns Hopkins and Case Western Reserve universities prior to accepting the Emory presidency.

Destinations