05/20/2014 09:31 am ET Updated May 20, 2014

Emory Hires First African-American Woman To Lead Top Business School

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FORTUNE -- A female, African-American Ph.D. will become Emory's Goizueta Business School next dean -- a first in school history and a first among top business school programs.

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 500 companies, according to the Emory announcement.

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