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Rosemary M. Magee has experienced Emory as a student, staff member, alumna, teacher, and administrator since completing her Ph.D. in the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts in literature and religion.
Appointed as Director of MARBL in 2012, Rosemary Magee formerly served as Vice President and Secretary of the University, working closely with trustees and the president in developing and strengthening governance processes across the University. She chaired the Creativity and Arts Initiative of the University Strategic Plan and convenes Creativity Conversations with leading artists and thinkers that include Sir Salman Rushdie, Maestro Robert Spano, writers Billy Collins, Rita Dove, and Margaret Atwood, and evolutionary biologist E. O. Wilson among others.
Previously, for two decades, Dr. Magee served as a dean in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, where she had primary responsibility for the annual operating budget and for planning new and renovated facilities, including the Mathematics and Science Center and the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. She has extensive fundraising experience, successfully gaining support for programs and projects across the curriculum from a wide range of individuals, foundations (e.g., Mellon, Ford, and Pew Charitable Trusts) and from governmental agencies (e.g., NEH, NEA, and NSF).
An artist-in-residence at both the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Dr. Magee has published essays, reviews, and short stories in a variety of journals and literary magazines. Focusing her teaching and research on Southern culture and literature, she has edited two volumes, both published by University Press of Mississippi, Conversations with Flannery O'Connor and Friendship and Sympathy: Communities of Southern Women Writers. She is currently completing a collection of short stories, Fantasy Impromptu, and teaches periodically in Creative Writing and other academic programs in Emory College.
In recognition of her service and leadership, she received the Thomas Jefferson Award from Emory University in 2008. She is a member of the 2005 class of Leadership Atlanta.