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UCLA: Ronald S. Brookmeyer Named Dean

Dr. Ronald S. Brookmeyer, professor of biostatistics and expert on how statistical tools can help address global public health challenges, will become the dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, effective Jan. 15. A member of the UCLA faculty since 2010, Dr. Brookmeyer has served as interim dean of the Fielding School since November 2018.

“I am humbled by this opportunity to advance public health at our extraordinary public university,” Dr. Brookmeyer said. “With Fielding School faculty, staff and students, as well as colleagues and communities in our hometown of Los Angeles and far beyond, I look forward to building on our school’s great history and working together to improve health for all.”

Dr. Brookmeyer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Statistical Association, recipient of the American Public Health Association’s Mortimer Spiegelman Gold Medal, and holder of the American Statistical Association’s Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award and Karl E. Peace Award.

Recognized for his excellent teaching, he received the Fielding School’s UCLA Public Health Student Association Teaching Award six times between 2012 and 2019. Brookmeyer received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Cooper Union and his master’s and doctorate in statistics at the University of Wisconsin.

“Chancellor Block and I are grateful for Ron’s distinguished service as interim dean during the past 14 months,” said Dr. Emily Carter, UCLA executive vice chancellor and provost, in an email to campus. “He has proven to be a strong leader and an effective administrator, and we are confident that the school will reach new heights with him at the helm.”

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