Managing Change

Elizabeth Cox currently serves as the Director of Residential Education in Residence Life at Emory University and oversees residential education and assessment for the department.  Beyond residence life, Ms. Cox has experience in undergraduate admissions, student involvement, and community engagement. She is currently leading a project to reimagine residential education at Emory and is also a PhD student in Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development at The University of Georgia.  Her research interests include organizational change, learning organization, and organizational performance.

Dr. Scott Rausch is the current Assistant Dean of Campus Life/Sr. Director of Residence Life at Emory University. Dr. Rausch is originally from Southern Indiana and arrived at Emory from Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned his Ed.D in Leadership Policy and Organization from Vanderbilt University. His higher education passions include academic engagement, residential colleges, first year retention, and student staff recruitment, training, and development. Dr. Rausch has worked at a number of liberal arts colleges in both the US and Canada and truly enjoys working with staff and students in a residential setting. 

Responding to Protest & Dissent

Ed Lee is the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Student Advocacy and Agency, which houses Emory University’s nationally acclaimed debate team, its outstanding civic and community service programs, cutting edge programs focused on student belonging and social justice and its historic student leadership and orientation activities.  Formerly Director of Debate in Emory’s Barkley Forum for Dialogue, Debate and Deliberation, he was the 2015 National Coach of the Year and three-time recipient of the James Unger Award given to the coach of the best debate team in the country. In 2012, Mr. Lee served on the committee that rewrote Emory University’s Respect for Open Expression Policy to affirm Emory’s unwavering commitment to open expression. From 2013-2015, he served as a Member of the University Senate Committee for Open Expression. Mr. Lee is a regular national media commentator for U.S. Presidential Debates and is routinely on CNN discussing presidential debate strategies and their impact on national politics. A highly sought after workshop facilitator, his work focuses on the interplay between communication, culture and diversity and how those can be harnessed to improve the workplace and other communities. 

Dr. Michael D. Shutt is the Sr. Director for Community at Emory University. He oversees the university’s Open Expression Observers program and Bias Incident Response Team. With over sixteen years of higher education experience, Dr. Shutt has served on both private and public campuses in roles involving health and wellness as well as diversity and inclusion. He uses these experiences to support students and campus administrators in navigating complex conversations at the intersection of bias and open expression. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration from Michigan State University and Doctor of Philosophy in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.

Campus Health & Safety

Dr. Michael J. Huey is the Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Student Health Services and Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory University. As the campus leader charged with the public health of students at three universities over the past 25 years, Dr. Huey has provided guidance in past community responses to H1N1 Influenza, Norovirus, Tuberculosis, Meningococcal meningitis, and Q Fever, and is a member of the Emergency Operations Group of Emory’s Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response (CEPAR). Dr. Huey also was an Ebola Clinical Consultant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2015-16 and served as a CDC infection prevention specialist in Sierra Leone in Summer 2015. He is the President-elect of the American College Health Association.

Heather Zesiger is the Senior Director of the Office of Health Promotion at Emory University. Ms. Zesiger has received campus and national awards for her commitment to student well-being and health promotion in higher education. In 2009–2010, she served as the chair of the Health Promotion section of the American College Health Association (ACHA). Prior to coming to Emory, Ms. Zesiger was the health educator at The New School in New York City. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College and received her MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, where she was a Woodruff Fellow. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Health at Georgia State University.

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