Great new students arrive in Chapel Hill!

Photos by Jennie Saia. On Aug. 22, we welcomed our new students to Chapel Hill! It was a beautiful Carolina day, with a hint of fall in the air and a lot less summer. Because our auditorium is being remodeled, we had new-student orientation in our atrium, with students on… Read More

Public health lost two of our own last week

Dr. Harrison Spencer — a very effective leader Harrison Spencer died last week. He was a peaceful, soft-spoken and kind man, felled by violence. A couple weeks ago, we were all together for the annual retreat of deans and program directors who are members of the Association of Schools and… Read More

A week of calamity and sadness

More deaths at the hands of police and new research reports on police use of force Last week, we watched in shock as a black man in Minnesota, Philando Castile, presumably bled to death after he’d been stopped by police for a broken taillight, and then was shot four times… Read More

Supreme Court does the right thing on race-conscious admissions

I’m relieved and so grateful that the Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s protocol to consider race in admissions decisions. That doesn’t mean race should be the only cogent factor, but for university leaders who want to increase diversity in our schools–and we are among those who do–being able… Read More

The massacre in Orlando

The terrible tragedy at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., made me feel upset, angry, sad and horrified. I’ve written and spoken many times about how important it is, at this time, in this country, to accept people for who they are and whom they love. I’ve also commented many times… Read More