Dr. Marie Swanson Named First Mel and Enid Zuckerman Endowed Chair in Public Health

G. Marie Swanson, PhD, MPH, founding dean and professor at The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has been named the first Mel and Enid Zuckerman Endowed Chair in Public Health.
G. Marie Swanson, PhD, MPH, founding dean and professor at The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has been named the first Mel and Enid Zuckerman Endowed Chair in Public Health.

"This endowed chair for a dean's position represents the continued passion and commitment in support of public health and healthier communities that have long been a legacy of the Zuckerman family," said UA President Robert N. Shelton. "Endowed chairs for deans are essential resources in higher education, allowing a university to recruit and retain top candidates for key leadership and scholarship positions."

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman Endowed Chair in Public Health-one of only three endowed chairs for dean positions at the UA-will provide additional support to the holder of the endowed chair to foster collaborations that identify innovations, best practices and cutting-edge research that have a positive effect on the promotion of wellness. The endowed chair also will support scholarly public health research and inquiry, as well as the translation and dissemination of best practices that benefit the health of Arizona's communities.

"Enid and I are pleased to have the opportunity to provide a stable source of funding for this key leadership position," said Mel Zuckerman, founder and chairman of Canyon Ranch. "We hope it will further support the College's goals in developing, nurturing and promoting the health of individuals and communities in diverse populations and the Southwest." More than 25 years ago, Mel and Enid Zuckerman founded Canyon Ranch -- the world's leading healthy lifestyle company -- with resorts in Tucson, Ariz., and Lenox, Mass. Additional Canyon Ranch facilities are in Las Vegas; Kissimmee and Miami Beach, Fla.; and onboard the Queen Mary 2 luxury ocean liner. A project in Chicago is in the planning stages. The Zuckerman family has been a long-standing supporter of many UA programs and a major donor for the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health.

"I am humbled by this great privilege," notes Dr. Swanson. "This endowment not only honors our College, it forever gives us a competitive edge for the position of dean at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. It also ties the legacy of the dean, our college and the Zuckerman family together in our effort to promote and support healthy communities in Arizona and across the globe.

"The mission of public health, both in this college and across the nation, is to improve the health of entire communities and to eradicate health disparities. This endowed chair epitomizes the very core of the public health mission." Adds UA Foundation President Jim Moore, "Each year, private gifts have a greater impact on the advancement of The University of Arizona. The endowed chair established with the generous support of the Zuckerman family will ensure continued growth for the College and the university."

The College is recruiting for two additional endowed chairs: the Canyon Ranch Endowed Chair in Lifestyle and Behavioral Health and the Public Health Equity Chair in Rural and Border Health, which funds the position of director for the Rural Health Office, a designated State Office of Rural Health housed at the College.

 


Established by the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2000, The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is the only accredited college of public health in the 12-state Mountain/Pacific region. The UA Zuckerman College of Public Health's mission is to promote the health of individuals and communities with a special emphasis on diverse populations and the Southwest.