Dr. Taya Jackson Scott, former chief administrative officer and chief of staff at the Morehouse School of Medicine, has been named the new vice dean of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, effective January 27.
During her eight years at Morehouse, where she also served as interim vice president for marketing and communications, Dr. Jackson Scott led a team focused on strategic affairs and change management across a broad range of business functions, including research, operations, IT (information technology), human resources, budget, finance and strategic planning. Many of these areas will fall under her responsibility at the Gillings School.
“We look forward to drawing on Taya’s deep knowledge and rich experience, both as an administrator and as someone deeply committed to public health,” said Gillings School Dean, Dr. Barbara K. Rimer. “The leadership team of the School will be greatly enhanced by her presence, and I’m confident she will contribute meaningfully to the University at large.”
Dr. Jackson Scott’s commitment to inclusive excellence and building bridges goes back to the start of her career.
“So much can be accomplished when outreach is organic and not forced,” Jackson Scott observes. “I learned early on in my career that you can have a lasting effect on someone over a cup of coffee. I always try to be a good listener. People want to feel like they’re a part of something they can be proud of, and that becomes easier when you can have real conversations about real issues.”
Dr. Jackson Scott is taking on her new role at a critical moment in the School’s history. Gillings leadership is continuing the roll-out of curricular changes in the residential Master of Public Health (MPH) program and ramping up online education efforts through MPH@UNC.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 31