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Former Provost Gives $500,000 to Georgia

The University of Georgia College of Public Health has received a $500,000 gift to create the Karen and Jim Holbrook Distinguished Professorship and an endowed fellowship to support graduate students in the global health field.

Dr. Karen Holbrook served as UGA provost and senior vice president for academic affairs from 1998 to 2002 before being named president of The Ohio State University. Mr. Jim Holbrook is a retired oceanographer and past deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Research Laboratory in Seattle.

The gift reflects the Holbrooks’ lifelong commitment to higher education, the health sciences and global collaboration as well as their strong affection for UGA. The UGA Foundation is providing an additional $250,000 for the distinguished professorship in recognition of Dr. Karen Holbrook’s transformative tenure as provost at UGA and to honor her remarkable service record in higher education.

Together, the Holbrook Distinguished Professorship and Graduate Fellowship will build upon existing strengths in global health research throughout the college, increase international collaborations and expand experiential learning activities for students in international public health.

The Holbrooks’ gift was announced October 5 at the College of Public Health’s tenth Anniversary Celebration on the UGA Health Sciences Campus. The first Holbrook Professor is expected to be named by January 2017.

“The College of Public Health could not have originated when it did without the clear vision of Dr. Karen Holbrook, who recognized both a significant need for more public health professionals in Georgia and a way that UGA could contribute to the solution,” said Dr. Phillip L. Williams, dean of the college. “Her decision now, 15 years later, with a different but equally clear and forceful vision for enhancing international research, will be just as significant as her earlier role.”

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