April 11, 2023
Aimee N. Wall, JD, MPH ’98 (health policy and management), former associate dean and professor of public law and government, has been named dean of the UNC School of Government, effective February 27, 2023. Among attributes that qualified her for the job are a passion for connecting people and a commitment to collaboration. The alumna of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will lead the School of Government in pursuit of its longstanding mission of serving public officials and public administration students in North Carolina and beyond.
“I’m both thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to lead the School of Government,” said Wall. “The public officials and students we serve are intensely committed to leading and working in their communities. It’s inspirational, and I look forward to learning how we can respond to the needs and goals of this state and beyond.”
As senior associate dean, Wall helps oversee the school’s administration, finances and strategic direction. Since joining the School of Government’s faculty in 2001, her expertise in human services law and policy and legislative training and support has made her a trusted adviser to officials across North Carolina. She has worked closely with legislators, state and county officials and others to study the state human services systems and explore opportunities for change. She also spent a decade as the faculty lead for the Legislative Reporting Service, a 90-year partnership with the North Carolina General Assembly.
Before coming to UNC, Wall worked in health care law with a D.C.-based firm and served as a health policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the District of Columbia State Bar. She earned a Master of Public Health degree in health policy and management in 1998 from the Gillings School and also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the UNC School of Law as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University.
Wall will lead the School of Government as it celebrates more than 90 years of embracing critical values, including neutrality, responsiveness and nonpartisanship. These core principles enable the school to provide training and knowledge to thousands of public officials across North Carolina and develop the next generation of public leaders.
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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.