Celebrating the School of Public Health
On Friday, October 25, 2013, President Christina H. Paxson and the Brown University Corporation hosted a lively and festive event to celebrate the new Brown University School of Public Health. The celebration acknowledged both the University’s decade-long investment and strategic planning required to achieve this status and the extraordinary leadership of Dean Terrie Fox Wetle in spearheading such an ambitious undertaking.
More than 150 Corporation members; senior administrators; donors; School of Public Health faculty, staff, and students; and other community members gathered at Hemenway’s Restaurant, located on the ground level of the School’s 121 South Main Street location, to mark the occasion.
Program highlights included comments by:
- President Paxson, a health economist, who noted the importance of Brown faculty and students connecting their scholarship and research directly to the community’s most pressing public health concerns.
- Chancellor Tom Tisch ’76, who spoke of the school’s ideal location in the center of Providence’s downtown, serving as a bridge between College Hill and the medical school in the Jewelry District, and just walking distance from the Department of Health.
- Dr. Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, who stressed the important role that the School plays in achieving better health for Rhode Islanders.
- Dean Fox Wetle, who thanked the many people who supported and contributed to the success of the School, including Provost Mark Schlissel, the Division of Biology and Medicine (which cultivated the program for decades until July 2013), other senior university administrators, government and community leaders, hospital partners, and philanthropic supporters.