Emory names graduate school for the Rev. James Laney


The board of trustees for United Methodist-related Emory University has approved naming the graduate school in honor of President Emeritus James T. Laney, who led the university from 1977 until 1993.

"The naming of the James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies honors the vision and leadership of Jim Laney, whose ambitious plan for Emory revolved around graduate education," Emory President James W. Wagner said.

Laney, a United Methodist pastor, taught at Yonsei University in Korea and Vanderbilt University before becoming dean of Emory's Candler School of Theology, where he served from 1969 to 1977. He also was U.S. ambassador to South Korea from 1993 to 1997.