Kenya Faulkner Becomes Compliance Officer at Emory University | Emory University


The following message is from Christopher L. Augostini, Executive Vice President for Business and Administration at Emory University and Chief Financial Officer.

Dear Emory community:

The university’s compliance office provides leadership and oversight of all university compliance activities and adheres to the highest legal, professional and ethical standards for our business. Following Kris West’s retirement as Chief Compliance Officer in 2020, we began looking for a leader who could improve our compliance work in a collaborative and mission-driven manner. After extensive research, I am pleased to announce Kenya Faulkner as Emory’s next Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), effective November 15th.

Kenya’s higher education experience includes the University of Cincinnati and most recently Pennsylvania State University where she led compliance initiatives as the Ethics and Compliance Officer of Penn State, overseeing the university’s comprehensive programs related to compliance training, athletic compliance and integrity, export controls, youth programs, ethics and investigations.

With over 25 years of experience in higher education, government and criminal justice, Kenya has been recognized with various awards such as “Influencer of Law” by The Philadelphia Inquirer and “Diverse Attorney of the Year” by the legal journal The Legal Intelligencer. , to only cite a few.

Reporting directly to me and the Chairman of the Board’s Audit and Compliance Committee, Kenya will lead the Compliance Office by proactively anticipating, responding to and minimizing compliance risks for the university. The CCO is also responsible and communicates directly with the senior leadership of the university, including the Presidential Leadership Team, the Office of Research Administration and Emory Healthcare.

Kenya was selected following a search for national executives conducted by Isaacson, Miller and in collaboration with many Emory stakeholders. I would like to thank the research committee, who provided exceptional advice throughout this research. Committee members include:


  • Robert Nobles, Vice-President for Research Administration
  • Diana Carter, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management and Chief of Staff, EVPBA


  • Lanny Liebeskind, Vice-President, Strategic Research Initiatives
  • Gary Teal, Vice-President, Woodruff Health Sciences Center
  • Del King, Vice-President, Human Resources
  • Mina Rhee, Associate General Counsel
  • Khalid Salaita, chemistry teacher

My special thanks to John Lawley, who has served as Interim Chief Compliance Officer since Kris West retired. Thank you for your leadership and dedication to the Compliance Office.

Please join me in welcoming Kenya to our Emory community.


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