Alumnus Burdine appointed interim dean of Texas public health school

March 06, 2013
Dr. James Burdine

Dr. James Burdine

James N. Burdine, DrPH, alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named interim dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health.

Burdine, professor and associate dean for public health practice at the TAMHSC public health school, formerly served as head of the school’s Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences.

Prior to joining the TAMHSC faculty in 2001, he served as president and senior scientist at Felix, Burdine and Associates, a nationally recognized health-care consulting firm (1992-2001) and was in senior management positions with health-care delivery systems in Texas and Pennsylvania (1982-1992).

Jo Anne Earp, ScD, professor and former chair of the Gillings School Department of Health Behavior, remembers Burdine fondly.

“Jim had a wife and four children when he came to UNC, essentially working on his degree in his ‘spare time,'” Earp said. “His dedication to the degree and to the field of public health was clear even then. His hard work, authenticity and thoughtfulness helped him achieve a great deal during the three decades that followed, and I’m delighted but not surprised to learn about his appointment at Texas A&M.”

Burdine received a doctorate in what was then health behavior and health education at the Gillings School in 1979.





Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or