The Rollins School of Public Health

New Building Signals Greater Presence for Rollins

The transformative power of philanthropy rises to new heights at the Rollins School of Public Health in a bold, modern facility that signifies Emory University’s growing role in global wellness and disease prevention. The Claudia Nance Rollins Building, opened in 2010, more than doubles the size of the school and reemphasizes the Rollins family’s commitment to improving public health worldwide. The Rollins family’s $50 million lead gift for the building was the catalyst for more than $170 million given to the School of Public Health through Campaign Emory.

“The Claudia Nance Rollins Building is a tangible example of the importance of public health at Emory and our vision of the future for public health in the United States and throughout the world,” says Dean James W. Curran (shown above, right, with Gary Rollins, left, and Randall Rollins). “It is also a tangible example of support for our vision by committed donors and a symbol of shared optimism and belief in this mission.” 

By surpassing its campaign goal of $150 million, Rollins carries momentum and energy into its future work. Funding priorities for 2013 include building support for students, faculty, and programs. Curran has set a goal of a $100 million endowment to provide ongoing support for the school’s highest priorities.

The new building honors five generations of the Rollins family. Claudia Nance Rollins was the mother of O. Wayne Rollins, an Emory trustee who saw giving to the Rollins School of Public Health as a means of improving the lives of people around the world. His wife, Grace Crum Rollins, is the namesake of the adjacent building that also serves the Rollins School and was renovated during Campaign Emory. Sons Randall and Gary and their children and grandchildren carry on the Rollins tradition of philanthropy. In 1994, the family’s dedication to Emory inspired the naming of the school.

Campaign Emory spurred another transformative gift: the commitment of more than $10 million from trial lawyer Richard N. Hubert 60L, which led to the naming of the Hubert Department of Global Health, endowing of two chairs, and increasing support for students’ global field research. His motivation is simply to help Rollins fulfill its mission. “Public health is the cutting edge of where we ought to be spending money,” Hubert says.

By increasing the endowment at Rollins, Campaign Emory has helped attract more world-class professors and researchers. More current and former faculty also now invest in the school.

Among Emory’s leading faculty, professor emeritus and former director of the MPH program Gene Gangarosa and wife Rose Gangarosa have funded the Eugene J. Gangarosa Chair in Safe Water and the Rose Salamone Gangarosa Chair in Environmental Health. These complementary chairs are strengthening the Center for Global Safe Water and its mission to support solutions for the billions of people who lack safe water and sanitation.

The Center for Global Safe Water in the Rollins School of Public Health also benefits from a $2.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to reduce the burden of waterborne disease in Ghana. Another $1.1 million gift from the Gates Foundation is expanding the William H. Foege Fellowships in Global Health. The Foege Fellowships honor the career achievements of William Foege, Presidential Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Global Health at Rollins and senior medical adviser to the foundation’s Global Health Program.

Former dean Ray S. Greenberg and Leah Greenberg are making a bequest to establish the Dr. Bernard and Ruth Greenberg Fund for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, recognizing Bernard Greenberg’s leadership in the fields of biostatistics and public health and honoring the couple’s contributions to social justice.

“I am where I am today in large part because of opportunities I received at Emory, and I was in a position to take advantage of those opportunities because of the background my parents gave to me,” Ray Greenberg says. “This is a perfect way to express my appreciation to both my parents and to a university that as long as I live will hold a very special place in my heart.”

Graduate Studies Director Roger Rochat’s matching gift challenge boosts the Global Elimination of Morbidity and Mortality from Abortion Fund, which supports student field research and educational opportunities. Epidemiology professor John E. McGowan Jr. and Linda Kay McGowan honored his late parents with the John E. and Doris W. McGowan Scholarship given each year to an outstanding candidate for the joint MD/MPH degree.

Professor Michael H. Kutner and Nancy Kutner are establishing the Michael H. Kutner Fund for Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, which supports doctoral candidates in biostatistics and the Michael H. Kutner Award for achievement in biostatistics.

In the new building, the Lawrence P. and Ann Estes Klamon Room honors their leadership as Rollins Campaign Emory co-chairs and celebrates their support of an endowed chair named for Curran. He and future deans of the RSPH will be known as the James W. Curran Dean of Public Health. This is the first time Emory has named a chair for a sitting dean.

Rollins alumni are fundamental to the school’s success. During Campaign Emory, the Alumni Campaign Committee chaired by Virginia Bales Harris spearheaded the Seating our Future Campaign. Plaques in the Rollins Auditorium honor colleagues, professors, and loved ones. The committee also led efforts to endow the Kathleen R. Miner Scholarship for one of the school’s most beloved leaders.

Other gifts to Campaign Emory reflect personal experience in fighting illness and promoting health. Knowing the difference that studying abroad made in their careers, Carlos and Carol Martel are endowing a fund that will send students to Latin America for global field experiences. In New York, two Broadway performances of A Streetcar Named Desire helped raise $50,000 to support Emory’s Center for Spina Bifida Research, Prevention, and Policy. The funding comes from Sophie’s Voice Foundation, a nonprofit created by the show’s lead actor Nicole Ari Parker and her husband, Boris Kodjoe, to honor their daughter.

Donors also are funding new scholarships to support the expanded enrollment made possible by the Claudia Nance Rollins building. Elizabeth Camp 83MPH is creating a scholarship for nurses seeking the MPH degree, which represents the largest gift from a Rollins graduate.

Emory senior vice president and general counsel Stephen D. Sencer and his family funded a scholarship to honor his father, David J. Sencer, who also is a founding father of Rollins. David J. Sencer led the nation’s public health efforts as the longest serving director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The scholarship supports public servants pursuing the MPH degree.

In the Hubert Department of Global Health, chair and professor Carlos del Rio and his wife, Emory pathologist Jeannette Guarner, are honoring his predecessor by establishing the Reynaldo Martorell Scholarship. Funding will support Hispanic students seeking the MPH degree.

The RSPH is focusing on building PhD programs and support for outstanding doctoral students. Through the generous support of the Livingston Foundation, a new endowment provides funding for two students each year.

As the Rollins School of Public Health reaches for higher goals, donors continue to fuel efforts to prepare public health professionals for 21st century challenges and the pursuit of cutting-edge research. Philanthropy is vital to the school’s acceleration to the forefront of promoting health, preventing disease and protecting lives locally, nationally, and globally.

To support the Rollins School of Public Health, visit For more information, contact Associate Dean for Development
 and External Relations Kathryn Graves, 404.727.3352. 


Rollins School of Public Health Volunteer Campaign Chairs:

Ann Klamon 65C 76L and Lawrence P. Klamon