Erika Hayes James will make history by becoming Emory’s Goizueta Business School’s first African-American female dean.

The appointment is the first of its kind among top business school programs. 

From Fortune:

Erika Hayes James, a former senior associate dean for executive education at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, will assume her new role at Emory on July 15. James earned her Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and built a career by connecting her knowledge of organizational psychology with executive leadership. She also has served as a consultant to several Fortune 500companies, according to the Emory announcement.

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Three minority women currently serve as deans at American colleges of business. James will be the first to lead a full-time MBA program at a top-25 business school.

Emory’s business program ranked No. 1 by Bloomberg Business Week for job placement. Four of the school’s degree programs are among the nation’s top 25.

Congratulations Ms. James!

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