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UNC: Dr. Laura Magaña, President and CEO of ASPPH, to Speak at Gillings School Commencement

Dr. Laura Magaña, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), will be the commencement speaker at the University of North Carolian Gillings School of Global Public Health’s 2020 spring graduation. The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 9, at 1 p.m. in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carmichael Arena.

Magaña is the former dean of the School of Public Health at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico. She has been in her role with ASPPH since August 2017.

She has more than 30 years’ experience successfully leading the transformation and advancement of public and private universities in Mexico, educational organizations in the United States, and nonprofits and United Nations programs in Central America and Europe. For the past 20 years, she has focused her efforts on public health.

At ASPPH, Magaña leads the organization that is “the voice of accredited academic public health” and represents all the schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

“Schools of public health do so much good individually,” she explains, “but the force of a group is greater. We are creating the world we want for academic public health, and that cannot be done by any institution working alone.”

“I am overjoyed that Dr. Magaña accepted our students’ invitation to be the 2020 commencement speaker,” shares Dr. Barbara K. Rimer, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School. “Laura is a highly regarded international leader in public health — she is dynamic, empathic, visionary and inspirational. She combines a global outlook with local sensitivity, and her messages will resonate with our graduating students and their visitors.”

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