Dr. Ralph Rivera-Gutiérrez has been appointed the new dean of the University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health (UPR-GSPH). Dr. Rivera-Gutiérrez assumed the UPR post on November 10. Dr. Rivera-Gutiérrez has been a professor in the UPR-GSPH’s Department of Health Services Administration (DHSA) since 1995, and had served as the DHSA Chairperson for six years. He has also been principal investigator and director of the UPR-Center for Public Health Preparedness since 2005. Dr. Rivera-Gutiérrez was previously a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Boston (UMB), and was co-founder and associate director of the Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy.
According to Dr. Noel J. Aymat-Santana, chancellor of the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, “we are delighted to have Dr. Rivera-Gutiérrez as the dean of the UPR Graduate School of Public Health. He brings exceptional experience, distinguished credentials, vision, and energy to this critical role. He has an extraordinary track record of leadership, service, and research, and he is well-positioned to move the UPR-Graduate School of Public Health ahead. We strongly believe that he will be the kind of transformational leader that the school needs.”
Dr. Rivera-Gutiérrez says he is very excited about assuming his new position in the UPR-GSPH community. “The UPR Graduate School of Public Health has a long history of excellence and service to the population of Puerto Rico, to other Latin American countries and to Latinos in the United States”, he says. “Its work and its reputation have continued to grow, and it will be a privilege for me to be part of the next phase of its evolution.”