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From the Dean

Dean Pat Wahl
Dean Pat Wahl

This issue of E-news, more than most, focuses on celebration and congratulations. Our summer newsletter reports on the outstanding faculty, students and staff who received special recognition at our annual awards ceremony on June 11. And it’s the time when we congratulate our graduates and wish them well as they enter the next exciting phase of their lives.

I’m also pleased to announce—and hope you will join me in congratulating—our School’s next dean. Dr. Howard Frumkin will become our fifth dean on Sept. 27, just in time for the new academic year.

Dr. Frumkin has been at the CDC since 2005, where he served as director of the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Prior to joining the CDC, he was at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health from 1990-2005, during which time he chaired the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. He also founded and directed the Environmental and Occupational Medicine Consultation Clinic, the Occupational Medicine Residency training program, and the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.

Dr. Frumkin received his A.B. from Brown University, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and both an M.P.H. and a Dr.P.H. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. His research interests include public health aspects of urban sprawl and the built environment; air pollution; metal and PCB toxicity; climate change; and environmental and occupational health policy, especially regarding minority workers and communities.

This is an exciting time for our School and for public health. Despite financial concerns, our School is essentially in good shape and poised to move forward. Our faculty, students and staff are dedicated and first rate, our research remains strong and we continue to take advantage of opportunities for strengthening and building partnerships within the University and external communities. We are making progress on initiatives such as expanding our undergraduate offerings, and our undergraduate students are infusing the School with new enthusiasm and vitality. We expect approximately 450 new students this fall, about 100 of whom are undergrads. The strategic planning that Dr. Frumkin will undertake will bring a new vision to the School and help us take a fresh look at where to focus our resources and how to address the contemporary challenges that public health faces.

The next issue of E-news will come out in November, after the change in leadership, so your next update on the state of our School will come from Dean Frumkin. It has been an honor to serve as dean for the past 11 years, and I have greatly appreciated your participation and support. We have a wonderful School with strong leadership and an outstanding new dean who will welcome your interest and assistance in our important work as much as I have. Although I am stepping down as dean, I plan to remain involved in the School and look forward to joining you in following its progress. In the meantime, thank you for your kind words and good wishes.

Dean Pat Wahl



Pat Wahl, Dean
UW School of Public Health

Photo by Dan Lamont

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