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UGA: Marsha Davis Named New Dean

Dr. Marsha Davis, a nationally recognized researcher and leader in community-based health promotion programs, has been named dean of the University of Georgia College of Public Health.

Dr. Davis, a professor in the department of health promotion and behavior, joined the UGA faculty in 2006 and has served as interim dean since 2018.

Dr. Davis has served as the college’s associate dean for outreach and engagement since 2013, where she has been a catalyst for identifying and developing programs that leverage the shared resources of UGA and populations the college serves. In addition, she is the founding organizer of the college’s annual State of the Public’s Health Conference and the UGA Public Health Leadership Academy, two programs designed to build the capacity of the public health workforce.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Davis has led multiple landmark community-based programs aimed at improving the health of children and their families. While at UGA, Davis has been awarded more than $15 million from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture to address health issues in Georgia.

Her work has contributed to an improvement in health rankings for a number of counties and a significant economic impact for the state. Most recently, Dr. Davis’ work in rural Georgia led to UGA receiving a national Award of Excellence from the University Economic Development Association.

“I am excited to lead the college at this time, when public health is needed more than ever,” she said. “I look forward to working with our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners in our mutual commitment to improve the public’s health in our state, nation and around the globe.”

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