Frenk named new president of University of Miami

first_imgJulio Frenk, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will become the next president of the University of Miami, it was announced today. Frenk, the T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development (a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School), will step down at the end of August and assume his new role on Sept. 1.“My time as dean of the Harvard Chan School has been among the best experiences of my career, and the decision to step down was only made after deep reflection,” said Frenk. “I am extremely proud of all that has been accomplished during my time at this school, and am excited at the opportunity to lead a university with great upward momentum and thereby continue to create and deploy knowledge for the greater good.“My excitement about taking the helm of the University of Miami owes much to Harvard President Drew Faust, whose expansive vision of universities has greatly influenced my own thinking,” said Frenk. “Under her tutelage, I have come to believe that universities have an essential role to play if humanity is to meet the many challenges of the 21st century.”Frenk assumed the role of dean in January 2009. He has presided over a dramatic expansion of the School’s international reach, the reimagining of its mission to focus on four global public health challenges, a major revamping of its curricula, and the renaming of the School to honor T.H. Chan after a historic $350 million endowment gift by The Morningside Foundation.“Julio has energized the Harvard Chan School with his extraordinary devotion to how universities can enhance the health of populations around the world,” said President Drew Faust. “He has combined high ideals with clear-eyed pragmatism, scientific rigor with humane compassion, all in the service of improving the understanding and practice of global health in the 21st century.“It’s clear from their choice that the University of Miami’s trustees share Julio’s own qualities of wisdom and foresight, and that they have discovered in him the remarkable leadership capacity and vision with which he has graced Harvard these past six years,” said Faust. “We thank him for his service to Harvard, to higher education, and to human health.”Faust indicated that she will name an interim dean in the coming months as the University launches a comprehensive search for Frenk’s successor.“Today, the University of Miami selected a world-renowned scholar and leader as its next president,” said Stuart A. Miller, chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees. “Dr. Frenk has been called ‘a visionary, an insightful analyst, an institutional innovator, and a pragmatic problem solver’ and, speaking for the entire board, we could not agree more.”*In his first address as dean in 2009, Frenk declared that he wanted the Harvard School of Public Health, as it was then known, “to be the first school of public health of the 21st century.”Frenk arrived at the School at the height of the global financial crisis and during a period when government funding for scientific research — which constitutes more than 60 percent of the School’s revenue — was shrinking. He successfully guided the School through those financially turbulent waters while simultaneously encouraging faculty and students to ambitiously address on a global scale what he believes are the four most important health threats facing our world today: old and new pandemics, including AIDS and Ebola, obesity, and cancer; social and environmental threats to health, ranging from violence and racial disparities to pollution and occupational hazards; poverty and humanitarian crises; and failing health systems in the U.S. and internationally.During his tenure, Frenk and the faculty also significantly reshaped the School’s educational strategy, reimagining how to develop future public health leaders and placing a greater emphasis on case-based learning, interactive activities, and other pedagogical innovations.The results of those efforts included creation of a new Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree program as the flagship professional doctoral degree for public health leaders, and establishment of Harvard’s first “blended” master’s degree program offered by one of its graduate Schools, enabling students to pursue a degree in epidemiology through a combination of online and in-classroom learning experiences. During Frenk’s deanship, the School’s faculty also created a new Population Health Sciences Ph.D. program to transform its existing five Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) programs into a single integrated degree for students pursuing careers in environmental health, epidemiology, global health and population, nutrition, or the social and behavioral sciences. Its master of public health (M.P.H.) degree was redesigned and beginning in the fall of 2016 will be the single master’s degree program offered at the School for students planning professional careers in government, civil-society organizations, and private businesses.Frenk was honored to serve as dean during the School’s centennial in 2013 and kicked off an ambitious capital fundraising campaign that same year. The School quickly exceeded initial expectations with the announcement of a generous $350 million gift — the largest in Harvard’s history — from The Morningside Foundation in September 2014. The School was renamed the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in recognition of that gift.*Before his appointment as dean, Frenk had served in a series of important leadership positions in the field. From 2000 to 2006, he was Mexico’s minister of health, a role in which he instituted a comprehensive health insurance program known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care to millions of previously uninsured Mexicans. He was the founding director-general of Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health. From 1998 to 2000, he served as executive director of Evidence and Information for Policy at the World Health Organization (WHO).Frenk earned his medical degree from the National University of Mexico, as well as a master of public health and a joint doctorate in medical care organization and in sociology from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and National Academy of Medicine of Mexico.In addition to his scholarly works, which include more than 140 articles in academic journals, as well as many books and book chapters, he has written two best-selling novels for youngsters explaining the functions of the human body.In September of 2008, Frenk received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing “the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health.”About the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthFounded in 1913 as the Harvard-MIT School of Health Officers, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health brings together dedicated experts from many disciplines to educate new generations of global health leaders and produce powerful ideas that improve the lives and health of people everywhere. The School’s community of leading scientists, educators, and students works together to take innovative ideas from the laboratory to people’s lives — not only making scientific breakthroughs, but also working to change individual behaviors, public policies, and health care practices. Each year, more than 400 faculty members at the Harvard Chan School teach 1,000-plus full-time students from around the world and train thousands more through online and executive education courses. The School is recognized as America’s oldest professional training program in public health.last_img read more

Changing perspectives: Telescopes and kaleidoscopes

first_imgThis is placeholder text Different views emerge when you refocus the lens on both a telescope and kaleidoscope. Here is some good news—we are all more resilient than we think! As a result, we can find ways to thrive over the next few months and well into 2021. That is not to say that there will not continue to be many changes that affect what we do, how we do it, and what meaning can be derived in doing so. However, successfully navigating these uncertainties will require a change in perspective to prove our own resilience.In thinking about changing perspectives, I am reminded of a great book, Up is Not the Only Way by Beverly Kaye, Lindy Williams, and Lynn Cowart. While the book is about rethinking career “mobility” in a dynamic economy, there are many ideas that can help us deal with an uncertain future. These ideas can help us shift our perspective when life changes around us.The book has a special challenge for the reader. It is to watch for your “I never thought of it that way before” moments. There are several such moments I found in the second chapter in the book, titled, “Telescope to Kaleidoscope.” It is my favorite chapter, because of its many powerful metaphors and it is useful for reflecting, refocusing, and revealing different options for the new year. Here is how I interpreted the differences in telescopes and kaleidoscopes, the significance of each, and how to use both to become more resilient:Telescopes and Kaleidoscopes focus light to provide an image. The light used to convey these images is the same for everybody. In other words, we all have the same potential, just different telescopes and kaleidoscopes. Telescopes are focused on a single endpoint. Think of this as a career goal, a method of getting things done, or the ideal image of success. This image or goal you seek can be very far away or closer, depending on your vantage point “in life” at the current moment. The telescope helps you focus. Kaleidoscopes provide a dynamic view and have endless possibilities. Each view is based on having at least three different mirrors that can be adjusted. This was key for me in reading the chapter. Each of us have the same three mirrors that provide a reflection of who we are. These mirrors are 1) the skills we have, 2) the interests that drive us, and 3) the values we hold dear. Both have their uses. Telescopes are used to focus on specific things, while kaleidoscopes offer fun and ever shifting patterns. Yet, each view is important to consider when ordering our lives. The trick is to know when to alternate between the two.  This post is currently collecting data… Once you figure out the reflection in each of your mirrors, you can begin to appreciate new patterns as you adjust your kaleidoscope. These new patterns provide possibilities that are available to you. Once you decide on one, you can switch the view on your personal telescope to focus on that new image or goal.If you asked me thirty years ago where I would be today versus how I would have answered twenty, ten, or even five years ago—the results would indicate more than just one kaleidoscope of opportunity. The main thing is that I needed to see myself from multiple points of view in order to be resilient and adapt throughout my military career. (Aside: Having several mentors also helped me see these patterns.)On the other hand, my telescope was always focused on a single career point. As such, I made great progress throughout my military career. There is nothing wrong in keeping your focus. However, when that ultimate point proved out of reach, my telescope needed to be refocused on a different path—and here I am today. (Aside: A good set of mentors can also guide you to a better place.)Looking back and as I look forward into next year; my advice is to focus on your personal mirrors and polish those first. Do not look at the future solely through your personal telescope. Pick up your kaleidoscope and imagine all the possibilities from multiple perspectives and a willingness to be flexible enough to re-adjust the aim of your telescope. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Hernandez Anthony Hernandez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC).  He joined DCUC as its Chief Operating Officer in August 2016 and was selected … Web: Detailslast_img read more