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Rosie Henson

American Cancer Society Vice President Joins School’s Board of Advisors

Rosemarie “Rosie” Henson, Senior Vice President for Prevention and Early Detection at the American Cancer Society, has joined the Board of Advisors for the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.

In this role, Henson will be part of an expert panel, shaping curriculum and internship experiences for students by providing valuable insight into the practice needs of the public health community.

Rosie Henson, Senior Vice President for Prevention and Early Detection at the American Cancer Society.

“The School of Public Health is excited to welcome Rosie Henson to our Board of Advisors,” said Dr. Michael Eriksen, Dean of the School of Public Health. “Rosie is well known and respected within the public health community for bringing people and organizations together, and she will be an important voice in helping us seek out partnerships as the school increases its focus on chronic disease prevention.”

Henson’s career in public health and policy spans more than 20 years. She joined the American Cancer Society in January, after five years as senior advisor to the assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“I am honored to serve on the advisory board of Georgia State University’s School of Public Health,” said Henson. “Georgia State is doing an outstanding job of educating and training the next generation of public health leaders. I look forward to working with faculty members and students to create innovative partnerships to address current and emerging public health challenges.”

During her time with the Department of Health and Human Services, Henson led efforts to develop strategic plans on several key public health issues including tobacco control, viral hepatitis, health disparities and colorectal cancer.

Working in connection with the Office of the First Lady and the National League of Cities, Henson also directed the redesign of the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties campaign, which equips local elected officials with resources to address the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic.

From 1990 to 2009, Henson held various leadership positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And in 2004, she was named deputy director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. While working at the CDC, Henson oversaw the implementation of the first-ever National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program that has provided screenings for millions of underserved women.

Henson also served as the director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health from 2001 until 2004, during which she launched the National Quitline Program that provides cessation counseling to smokers.

For more information on Georgia State School of Public Health’s Board of Advisors, go to: http://publichealth.gsu.edu/about/board-of-advisors/

Frank D. Strickland

Financial Planning Expert Becomes Newest Member Of School’s Advisory Board

Frank D. Strickland, a partner at SignatureFD, has joined the Board of Advisors for the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.

Strickland’s career includes decades of experience as a financial advisor. He’s also a Georgia State University alumnus who earned his MBA in accounting and finance from the university in 1972.

Frank D. Strickland, SignatureFD

As an advisor to the School of Public Health, Strickland joins an expert panel, helping to shape curriculum and internship experiences for students by providing valuable insight into the practical needs of the public health community.

“My education and my career in business have provided me with many opportunities to identify issues and real world solutions,” Strickland said. His new role will allow him to “provide support and vision to the goals of the school,” he added.

“I’m very excited about Frank joining our Board,” said Dr. Michael Eriksen, Dean of the School. “His business acumen combined with his intellectual curiosity will be a great asset to the School of Public Health.”

Strickland began his career as an accountant in the tax department of KPMG and later founded Data Systems Corp., a professional services company for accountants and physicians in the Southeast. Prior to joining SignatureFD in 2012, Strickland worked as a financial consultant to business owners and high-net-worth individuals and families.

He is also involved in community and university groups, including the Metro Atlanta Crime Commission’s Board of Trustees, where he is a past chairman, and the Georgia State University Athletic Association Board of Directors. Strickland and his wife, Judy, have donated $350,000 to the university’s athletic department to help fund a new strength and conditioning center for student athletes and another $50,000 to support the new center’s nutrition program.

 

To learn more about the School’s Board of Advisors, go to: http://publichealth.gsu.edu/about/board-of-advisors/

Frank D. Strickland

Donor Gives School $50,000 For Creation Of Dean’s Scholars Fund

Board of Advisors member Frank Strickland has donated $50,000 for the creation of the Dean’s Scholars Fund to support advancement of research and scholarly work in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.

Frank Strickland

Awards will be available to faculty and students to support scholarly opportunities, such as the presentation of research findings at prominent conferences, publication in highly respected journals and collaboration with internationally recognized colleagues.

“Thanks to this generous donation, the school will be able to support targeted efforts to advance the work of our researchers,” said Dr. Michael Eriksen, dean of the School. “This is a meaningful gift that will make a difference for our students and faculty for years to come.”

Strickland, a partner at financial advisory firm SignatureFD, said he has enjoyed learning more about public health since he joined the school’s advisory board.

“I consider myself a lifelong learner,” said Strickland, who earned an MBA at Georgia State in 1972. “Public health is a whole new discipline and way of looking at things for me. You can make a difference locally that has an impact globally.”

Strickland said he was motivated to make the gift because of the school’s success in building a full range of academic and research programs.

Strickland and his wife, Judy, have made previous gifts to the university’s Athletic Department to help fund a new strength and conditioning center and nutrition program.

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