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President of Haverford College Stephen Emerson
February 20, 2007, Volume 53, No. 23

Dr. Stephen G. Emerson, Francis C. Wood Professor of Medicine, and professor of pathology and pediatrics, associate director of Clinical Research at the Abramson Cancer Center, and chief of the Hematology/Oncology Division at HUP, has been named the President of Haverford College.  He will assume his new position as Haverford’s 13th president on July 1, 2007.

The fifth Haverford alum to serve as its president, and the third consecutive Quaker  president, Dr. Emerson received his B.A. from the Quaker liberal arts college in 1974, graduating summa cum laude with a dual major in chemistry and philosophy.  He went to Yale, where he received his M.Sc. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry in 1976; his M.D. and Ph.D. in cell biology and immunology, both in 1980. After his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Emerson taught at Harvard Medical School, and then for eight years at the University of Michigan before coming to Penn in 1994. 

In his 13-year tenure at Penn, Dr. Emerson has risen to chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine and established a research program on bone marrow stem cell differentiation. He has been named a “Top Doc” for hematology by Philadelphia magazine numerous times.

At Haverford, Dr. Emerson will oversee a faculty of 128 full and part-time professors, a student body of 1,200 undergraduates, and an endowment of nearly $895 million. He succeeds Thomas R. Tritton, the college’s departing president, who is also a scientist.

Almanac - February 20, 2007, Volume 53, No. 23