Dr. Ajay Nair is an accomplished scholar and student affairs leader whose interests include immigration, race, and ethnicity. As Emory’s chief student advocate for nearly 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Dr. Nair shoulders a broad portfolio of responsibilities ranging from intercollegiate athletics and the Greek experience to student health services and residence life. Dr. Nair provides leadership and strategic direction in cultivating an ethically engaged community consistent with Emory’s vision. Under his leadership, Campus Life has established a model fundraising operation that has significantly increased alumni, parent, and family engagement.
Previously, Nair served as senior associate vice provost for student affairs at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has held positions at Columbia University, Penn State University, and the University of Virginia. During his tenure in higher education, he has served in a variety of capacities as faculty member, student affairs administrator, and academic administrator.