Alumni Association Awards

Nominations for the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award and the Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award are accepted every fall and the awards are presented each spring at the Foard Lecture. Nominations for the 2014 awards were received by November 22, 2013. Please see below for more information.
Established in 1975, the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the achievements of alumni and their contributions to public health. Each year, it honors a deserving graduate of the School working full-time in public health or in a related field. More information


The Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award is given to an outstanding full-time faculty member of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health for excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service. The award includes a cash prize of $12,000 annually for three years. More information

2012 Awards presented at Foard Lecture on April 17th

William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH, and Gary G. Koch, PhD, were honored with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s most prestigious awards for alumni and faculty at a ceremony preceding the annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on April 17.

Rutala, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees at the School in 1977 and 1979, respectively, received the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award. Koch, a biostatistics faculty member at the School for more than 40 years, was selected for the Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award.

The Barr Award

Dr. Bill Rutala

Dr. Bill Rutala

An internationally recognized expert in decontamination and sterilization, Rutala has dedicated his career to reducing risk of infections for hospitalized patients and researching ways to disinfect the hospital environment and sterilize medical and surgical instruments.

Rutala is director of hospital epidemiology at UNC Health Care and professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UNC School of Medicine. He also directs the N.C. Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE), an influential program responsible for training 99 percent of all infection preventionists working in acute care facilities in North Carolina. [Complete article.]


The Greenberg Award

Dr. Gary Koch

Dr. Gary Koch

Koch, a professor of biostatistics, is well known as a mentor, teacher and researcher at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He has taught courses in categorical data analysis at UNC for more than 40 years. He is a sought-after mentor–serving as adviser to more than 100 graduate students and many junior faculty members.

“While I was a doctoral student, he created numerous opportunities for me to learn the practice of biostatistics. I continued to receive his mentorship even after I joined the biostatistics faculty,” said Chirayath Suchindran, PhD, UNC biostatistics professor. “His door is always open for me to consult.” [Complete article.]