May 5, 2016

That Jo Anne Earp mentors with such care and caring is a mark of her intellect and commitment to learning – but is also a true indication of her deep and positive involvement in the development of her students’ careers.

So said Gillings School Dean Barbara K. Rimer when Earp, professor of health behavior, was presented with the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Mentoring Award in 2008.

When Earp retired in 2013, dozens of former students and friends celebrated with her at the “fun party” she had requested (dubbed “EarpFest”) and immediately began to send donations to a tribute fund in her honor.

The ripple effect of her impact continues. Now, that tribute fund holds nearly $250,000 – and is well on its way to becoming The Jo Anne Earp Distinguished Professorship in Health Behavior. The professorship, which will honor Earp’s legacy of mentorship by creating new opportunities for exemplary mentors at the Gillings School, will be the first of its kind for the Department of Health Behavior.

“I am, of course, delighted to have my name associated with this professorship,” Earp says. “But even more importantly, I’m excited about what this funding can accomplish in the department I love. Health behavior research is at the heart of public health interventions. That this professorship will support in perpetuity the research of world-class faculty in that department makes me very happy.”

To be awarded, a professorship fund must reach $333,000. About $80,000 must still be raised.

Please consider honoring Dr. Earp – or your own mentors – by making a gift online today.

Learn more at If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the advancement office at or (919) 966-0198.

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