The College of Public Health at the University of Georgia is celebrating the formal establishment of the Karen and Jim Holbrook Distinguished Professorship in Global Health. Dr. Karen Holbrook was Provost at UGA from 1998 to 2002. She subsequently served as president of the Ohio State University and has sustained a career-long involvement with international research universities and their efforts in global health.
At UGA, she was instrumental in the creation of the College of Public Health, working in close cooperation with founding dean, Dr. Phillip Williams, and other campus leaders. The Holbrooks made their verbal commitment for the endowment in the late summer of 2015, and the funding was completed in December 2016 with an equal match from the UGA Alumni Foundation.
In addition, the Holbrooks have funded a second endowment supporting graduate student research abroad. The two gifts are expected to accelerate the institute’s current global health research initiatives and strengthen its academic programs in the field.