GW announced Wednesday that former Clinton-era administrator and professor Lynn Goldman would lead the School of Public Health and Health Services. Goldman begins her tenure at the University in mid-August.
Most recently Goldman served as a professor of environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, principal investigator for the Johns Hopkins National Children’s Study Center and dual principal investigator for the National Center of Excellence for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response.
“Dr. Goldman stood out for her broad, deep experience in public health, both in academic settings and with government agencies,” Donald Lehman, executive vice president for academic affairs, said in a news release. “She is the ideal dean to lead the School of Public Health and Health Services to the next level of academic excellence.”
Before Johns Hopkins, Goldman worked as an assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. President Steven Knapp worked at both Berkeley and Johns Hopkins before coming to GW. A spokeswoman for the University did not immediately answer Wednesday night as to if Knapp knew Goldman prior to the dean search.
Goldman said she plans to focus on building on partnerships with federal agencies and international institutions in D.C. She is taking over at a time when SPHHS is on the rise. GW announced plans to construct a School of Public Health and Health Services building on Pennsylvania Avenue by 2014.
“Washington, D.C., is a laboratory for public health practice,” Goldman said. “It has all of the typical problems we see both across the country and worldwide, including a number of urban health issues and health disparities.”
Goldman will not take over the school without challenges however. Currently, SPHHS is in non-compliance with the faculty code. It does not have enough faculty on tenure or tenure-track.
For the last 20 months, popular interim dean Josef Reum ran the growing the school – SPHHS is one of only 39 public health schools in the nation.