Dean Gillings School of Global Public Health

An invitation to apply for the position of Dean
Gillings School of Global Public Health

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a new Dean to lead The Gillings School of Global Public Health—the #1 public school of public health in the nation and at the top of all schools of public health in National Institutes of Health funding.

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of public health, and specifically global public health like never before. The Gillings School is perfectly poised to take advantage of this momentum to realize its next level of greatness and expand its impact. Gillings is unique in its ability to truly integrate its tripartite mission areas to train the next generation of public health leaders; shape local, statewide, national, and international policies and practices; and influence the development of new research strategies that will benefit people across the world. Gillings is also well positioned to take advantage of collaborations available with the closely situated UNC health sciences schools, across the University more broadly, and externally on six continents, making it a leader in addressing the world’s most complex problems with the interdisciplinary solutions they require. 

The next Dean will build upon an incredible foundation, supported by remarkable faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are not content to rest on these accomplishments, but rather strive to increase their impact on public health across the globe. The Dean will partner with Gillings stakeholders at all levels to recognize and act on three pillars that have been identified: improving public health, promoting individual well-being, and eliminating health inequities in North Carolina and around the world. Gillings realizes that achieving better public health outcomes requires bold and decisive action on several fronts, and that public policies, economic inequities, and long-standing racial inequality affect population health—and the School is well poised to face these challenges head on.

As one of the top Dean roles in the nation, the Gillings School of Global Public Health offers a unique type of experience for its next leader. Consequently, they must be an accomplished academic and seasoned administrator, with sophisticated knowledge of the global landscape of public health. The Dean will have the highest personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion – as those principals relate to the internal workings of the School and as they relate to addressing systemic racism and health equity issues externally – and will have a demonstrated track record of being a change agent as related to these values. The Dean will have experience engaging stakeholders in charting a future course for an organization; inspiring collaborations across disciplines; recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body; growing revenues and fundraising; and supporting and growing research and scholarship. Above all, the Dean will serve as the Gillings School’s leading ambassador and will imbue and inspire the mission, goals, and culture that exists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the search. All nominations and applications should be sent in confidence to: Stephanie Fidel ( Randi Herrick ( or Karreem Mebane ( Electronic submission strongly recommended at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.