Dusty Porter Is Giving Back to Emory College
As an undergraduate at Emory, Dusty Porter 85C made sure to get the most out of his college experience. He performed in a theater group, served as a resident assistant, participated in fraternity life, and gave campus tours for the admissions office.
During Porter’s junior year, staff in Emory Campus Life suggested he look into a career in student affairs. After completing his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Emory, Porter followed their advice, earning a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs and a doctorate in college student personnel.
Now vice president of student affairs at Tulane University, Porter helps develop programs and services that give students the tools they need to thrive inside and outside the classroom. In leading these initiatives, Porter draws ongoing inspiration from his time at Emory.
“More than ever, my experience at Emory has been instrumental in the work I’m doing now,” he says. “One of the reasons I was drawn to Tulane was because of its similarities to Emory—both schools are major research universities in the South that have a strong commitment to undergraduate education. I try to bring the best of what I experienced at Emory to Tulane.”
Porter has remained involved as an alumnus, serving in the past as alumni chapter president and president of the Emory Alumni Board. To show his continued appreciation for Emory’s influence on his life, Porter has named Emory College a beneficiary of his estate.
“During my years on the board, and while thinking about my own estate planning, I thought about what Emory has meant to me. Emory has played, and continues to play, such an important role in my life,” he says.
“My gift is a recognition of the fact that Emory touches the lives of students like me every day. I want to be a part of the mission of education at Emory and of making a difference in the lives of others. That is why I made the decision to leave part of my estate to Emory.”