Bentley elected to Consortium of Universities for Global Health board

April 9, 2014

Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of nutrition and associate dean for global health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected to the board of directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Dr. Peggy Bentley

Dr. Peggy Bentley

“Peggy’s election to the board is a testament to the very high regard in which she is held in the global health community,” said the consortium’s executive director, Keith Martin, MD.

The consortium, founded by leading North American university global health programs, aims to define the field and discipline; standardize required curricula and competencies; and provide coordination of initiatives among and between resource-rich universities and less-developed nations and their institutions. Leadership and funding for the organization was provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with a first-year grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

After more than a decade at what is now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Bentley joined the UNC faculty in 1998. In 2003, she also took on the associate deanship for global health, coordinating and advancing global initiatives at the Gillings School. Her work in India, Malawi and elsewhere has enhanced the health of women, children and families through improved nutrition.

“We’re so excited about Peggy’s election,” said Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School. “She has made such a distinctive contribution in showing how global health and local health are inextricably intertwined.”

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