Nancy Messonnier named Dean of the Gillings School of Global Public Health

Dear Caroline Community,

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Nancy Messonnier, influential public health leader at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and most recently Executive Director of Pandemic Prevention and Health Systems at the Skoll Foundation, has was named Dean of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, effective September 1. She brings to Carolina more than 25 years of experience as a public health leader.

Messonnier began his public health career in 1995 at the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer and held several leadership positions at the CDC, including as Deputy Director and later as Director of the National Immunization Center and respiratory diseases from 2014 to 2021. His many accomplishments include leadership roles in the development and implementation of a low-cost vaccine to prevent epidemic meningitis in Africa; in response to the 2001 anthrax attacks; and in promoting confidence in vaccines and reducing disparities in immunization coverage.

Messonnier led the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and its response to an unknown respiratory disease in China in late 2019 and then to the COVID-19 pandemic. She served as the CDC’s chief architect of the COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Program and helped develop, evaluate, and distribute COVID-19 vaccines across the United States.

While working at the Skoll Foundation, a private foundation that invests in social entrepreneurs and other innovators who provide solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems, Messonnier helped lead efforts to fight the pandemic. of COVID-19 and to establish a global response and preparedness system to prevent future pandemics.

She received her BS from the University of Pennsylvania and her MD from the University of Chicago School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Messonnier joined the Gillings school during an exciting period of success. The school is ranked the #1 public health school and #2 overall by US News & World Report. The Gillings School has been ranked among the best public health schools and programs since the magazine first ranked public health schools in 1987.

Gillings also ranks #1 among schools of public health in National Institutes of Health funding, and faculty members have received more than $1 billion in research since 2016. This funding supports research, l groundbreaking education and practice in all 100 counties of North Carolina, 47 countries, and five continents.

Thank you to Dean Barbara K. Rimer for her incredible leadership over the past 17 years, which has transformed UNC Gillings into one of the top schools of public health in the world. We would also like to thank the members of the search committee chaired by Dr. William L. Roper, former Dean of UNC Gillings, as well as the former CEO of UNC Health, Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean of UNC School of Medicine. . The Vice Chair was Dr. Giselle Corbie, Kenan Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Medicine and Community Medicine, Director of UNC’s Center for Health Equity Research, and Vice Chair of UNC Rural.

Please join us in thanking Barbara, Bill and Giselle and welcoming Nancy to Carolina.


Kevin M. Guskiewicz

J. Christopher Clemens
Provost and Director of Studies

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