The Rosenau Society is a fellowship of passionate supporters of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health who are dedicated to improving public health locally and globally. Donations from Rosenau Society members ensure the best and brightest minds have the opportunity to work alongside internationally renowned faculty and scientists to push public health research, innovation and implementation boundaries.
Dr. Milton J. Rosenau served as director of the UNC Division of Public Health from 1936–1940 and then as the first dean of the UNC School of Public Health from 1940 until his death in 1946. Named in his honor, the Rosenau Society recognizes generous donors who make an annual commitment to the Gillings School or its departments to meet our most critical needs. Rosenau Society gifts allow us to accomplish many things:
- Attract and support the best students from around the world.
- Assist students in pursuing national leadership opportunities.
- Recruit and retain an exemplary public health faculty.
- Invest in new programs and research striving to improve public health.
Annual financial contributions from our donors renew this excellence. Gifts to the School or its departments support our most critical needs and are vital to our success. The Rosenau Society recognizes and honors the generosity of those who make a significant investment in the School of Public Health with a gift of $1,000 or more during each fiscal year (July 1–June 30).
Annual giving levels
Leader’s Circle $2,500–$4,999: The Leader’s Circle recognizes members of the Gillings School community who are dedicated to advancing the School’s potential. Their support enables global health leadership through rich student experiences and groundbreaking research.
Dean’s Circle $5,000–$9,999: Dean’s Circle members make a generous pledge that upholds the high standards of the Gillings School in many ways. They sustain academic programs and enable retention of the top-tier faculty that makes us the number one public school of public health.
Chancellor’s Circle $10,000–$24,999: Gillings School supporters in our Chancellor’s Circle make an exceptional commitment that fosters excellence in all areas of the School. Their generous support has a large impact – providing the foundation for significant research, scholarships and faculty positions.
President’s Circle $25,000+: President’s Circle members are partners in the School’s mission to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world. They share the vision of Milton J. Rosenau who was devoted to providing a peerless education and ensuring good health is a basic right for all people and communities.
Donors who have created their own Carolina legacy by committing to planned gifts join UNC’s Gerrard Legacy Society and the Cornerstone Society recognizes community members who provided generous support for the buildings that serve as the cornerstone of a Gillings School education.
Rosenau Society members also qualify for membership in one of the University-wide giving societies based on their level of giving.
March 4, 2024 James Swenberg, DVM, DACVP, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, died October 5, 2023. There will be a Scientific Symposium to honor him and his work on March 22 from 3–5 p.m. in 133 Rosenau Hall at the Gillings School.