School alumni association expands with new regional chapters

June 29, 2012
Priscilla Guild, incoming president of the school's alumni association, with Joseph John, outgoing president

Priscilla Guild, incoming president of the school’s alumni association, with Joseph John, outgoing president

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumni association recently approved the founding of its first four regional chapters, based in Atlanta, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C.

“There are more than 17,000 public health alumni in every state and in 105 countries,” said Jerry Salak, director of alumni and donor relations. “These first four chapters will give Carolina public health alumni in those regions the opportunity to connect with each other where they live and work.”
Each regional chapter will serve as an outlet for community service as well as an opportunity to meet new people with common social and professional interests. Connecting with Carolina public health alumni also can open doors in the field. “Alumni like to help fellow alumni,” Salak said.
The governing board of the alumni association, led through June 30 by current president Joseph John, MHA, will recognize each of the new chapters after bylaws are developed and officers are elected. One representative from each chapter will sit on the governing board and attend regular meetings.
Salak said that recent actions by the association’s leadership and an increase in alumni activity helped inspire the new chapters.
“Joseph John has been instrumental in energizing the alumni association in the three years he’s been on the board and the two years he’s served as president,” Salak added.
John received his master’s degree in health policy and management at the School in 2005. He will step down to serve as immediate past president when Priscilla Guild, MSPH (biostatistics, 1971) succeeds to the presidency on July 1.
“We are excited about these new alumni chapters and want all our graduates to know that they may work to establish chapters where they live and work, as well,” Salak said. “In fact, the more, the better!”
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