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Lisa Tedesco

Vice Provost, Academic Affairs–Graduate Studies and Dean, James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies, Emory University

Lisa Tedesco joined Emory University in 2006 as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs–Graduate Studies and Dean of the James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies. She is a professor for the Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. In 2009, Tedesco was elected to the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools, and she is a member of the AAU Association of Graduate Schools executive committee.

For more than two decades, Tedesco has served in a number of academic leadership roles. At the University of Michigan, from 1998 to 2005, she served as Vice President and Secretary of the university and as Interim Provost in 2001. As Vice President and Secretary, she was the Liaison Officer for the Board of Regents and was responsible for facilitation, coordination and management of policy matters and communications pertaining to the Board, the president and executive officers of the university. During her term as Interim Provost, she provided leadership for the university's response to the September 11, 2001 national tragedy. She worked with the deans of the 18 schools and colleges to advance important academic initiatives and budget developments, including the final report of the President's Commission on the Undergraduate Experience, continued support for the Life Sciences Initiative, and departmental and curricular improvements in the School of Literature, Science and the Arts.

Throughout her academic and administrative career, Tedesco has been involved with programs to increase student and faculty diversity on campus, with emphasis on minority youth access to and preparation for careers in the health care professions. From 2003 to 2004, she served on an Institute of Medicine committee addressing institutional strategies for increasing U.S. health care workforce diversity. In 2005, she was appointed to the Sullivan Alliance to Transform America's Health Professions. She has provided leadership in activities to promote gender equity in the sciences and engineering and is a leader in efforts to promote gender equity and diversity in the health professions.

Tedesco was a Fellow in the Academic Leadership Program sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (Big-10 universities plus the University of Chicago), and from 1996 to 1997, was a Fellow in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women. She is a past president of the American Dental Education Association and was instrumental in redirecting the association's activities to address national academic issues, professional testing, evaluation, diversity, and accreditation and policy issues.

In October 1995, she was inducted as an honorary member of the American Dental Association, in recognition for her contributions to academic dentistry, and in May 1998 she was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Graduate School of Education. In 2002, she received the University of Michigan Sarah Goddard Power Award for distinguished leadership and sustained service on behalf of women. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools as Chair-elect and on the Executive Committee of the Association of Graduate Schools.

Tedesco earned her doctorate in educational psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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