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Aug. 9,  2010

Emory General Counsel Takes Post in Healthcare Sector

News Article ImageKent Alexander

Kent Alexander will leave Emory University after serving more than 10 years as the University's senior vice president and general counsel to take a position as executive vice president and general counsel at Allscripts, a leading medical software company, the university and the company announced today.

A former U.S. Attorney in Atlanta and a former partner in King & Spalding, Alexander served as chief legal counselor and advisor to two Emory presidents and the University's Board of Trustees. He directed anoffice of 12 attorneys who cover a wide span of issues for Georgia's largest private research university and health care system, ranging from intellectual property to faculty and student issues to general business and health care law.

"In a decade at Emory, Kent has established himself as one of the leading university attorneys in the country," said Emory President James W. Wagner. "He has brought a warm personal touch and great practical wisdom to matters large and small, and I will always be grateful for his friendship and good counsel."

Emory Board Chair Ben F. Johnson III, who served on the search committee that selected Alexander over a decade ago, said: "Kent Alexander combined all the best traits of the consummate lawyer—absolute integrity, keen intellect, strong communication skill and unerring judgment—with a total devotion to the values and culture of the great university that  Emory aspires to be. Emory is much stronger because of his years with us."

"I have loved my time at Emory (and still do), but could not pass up this unique and exciting new opportunity," said Alexander. "I am especially proud of the broad and deep quality we developed within Emory's in-house legal team over the past decade. I leave knowing that the university is in exceedingly capable hands."

Alexander notified Wagner a month ago of his likely decision to join Chicago-based Allscripts, which will be effective Aug. 15, 2010. Hewill continue to be based out of Atlanta.

Steve Sencer Steve Sencer

Wagner announced that Alexander will be succeeded as general counsel on an acting basis by Emory Deputy General Counsel Steve Sencer.

A former attorney at King & Spalding in Atlanta and Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., Sencer joined Emory in January 2001.

Sencer has specialized in issues involving university research, technology transfer and risk management. He was a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School where he served as managing editor of the Law Review, and clerked for Judge Amalya Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also served as a prosecutor in the DeKalb County district attorney's office.

In recent years he has led a university study group on the future development of the Clifton Road corridor, helped to create Emory's Enterprise Risk Management process and co-founded the Emory South Africa Drug Discovery Training Program. He has been an adjunct professor at Emory Law School and is a Senior Fellow in the Emory Global Health Institute.

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