William Michael Reid, PhD, MBA is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Central Methodist University.
The award is given annually to honor “alumni of exemplary character who have attained success in their chosen professions and distinguished themselves by leadership and services to their communities, the University, and society.” Dr. Reid will be recognized at a banquet on May 4.
An emeritus associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Dr. Reid taught courses in leadership, ethics, health policy and politics, and policy analysis. After joining the USF College of Public Health in 1993, he was the principal investigator for grants and contracts totaling approximately $18 million, primarily from CDC and the Health Resources and Services Administration. This funding supported research which resulted in more than 90 peer-reviewed, published articles, abstracts, and papers delivered at professional conferences.
Dr. Reid chaired numerous internal committees and was a member of several local, state, and national boards and task forces. He served as the president of the Florida Public Health Association, was a member of the FPHA Board, and chaired several FPHA committees. Highly regarded by his peers, Reid received several national and state awards, including FPHA’s Meritorious Service and Robert D. May Awards.
Dr. Reid’s commitment to public health education was unwavering. Over the course of his 17 year career at USF, he mentored countless students in the College of Public Health and the Public Health Leadership Institute of Florida. For more than 15 years, he directed the institute, which facilitated the leadership development of Florida’s public health workforce. He also directed the Florida Public Health Preparedness Center for 10 years, which trained more than 10,000 public health workers in Florida, nationally, and internationally.
Although he officially retired in 2010, Dr. Reid remains an engaged member of the college and public health communities.
Written by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health
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