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Emory provost to deliver Oxford commencement address

OXFORD -- A new university provost will deliver the commencement address to Oxford College graduates this year.

The college recently announced that Claire Sterk, Emory University provost, will deliver the address during Oxford College Commencement 2013. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, on the Oxford College quad

"Emory's new provost, Dr. Claire Sterk, knows Oxford College well and has a special appreciation for its role in the university," said Stephen H. Bowen, dean of Oxford College. "I'm looking forward to the perspective that she will share with the graduates and the faculty at commencement this May."

Sterk was selected as Emory's provost following a national search and assumed her duties in February. Prior to being named provost, she served as the university's senior vice provost for academic affairs, where she oversaw the development of academic/research programs in areas including faculty retention, recruitment and early retirement and faculty and student initiatives.

A member of the Emory faculty since 1995, Sterk was appointed Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health in 2000. She is a former associate dean for research in Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, serving for five years as chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education.

Sterk also holds faculty appointments in sociology, anthropology and women's, gender and sexuality studies.

A native of the Netherlands, she holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a doctoral degree in medical anthropology from the University of Utrecht. She has focused her sociological research on connections between drug and alcohol abuse and high-risk behavior.