2019 State of the College Address celebrates COPH’s past, outlines future, highlights 35th anniversary

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On September 20, Dr. Donna Petersen, dean of the USF College of Public Health (COPH), gave her 14th State of the College Address to a packed audience of faculty, staff and administrators in the Samuel P. Bell III Auditorium at the COPH. This year marks the college’s 35th anniversary of its founding.

After the premiere of a video highlighting the college’s 35 years of accomplishments and accolades, Petersen began her recap of the college’s progress in 2019.

Donna Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH, delivers her 14th COPH State of the College Address. (Photo by Caitlin Keough)

Faculty and Staff

Emphasizing that people are at the center of public health, Petersen led her presentation with the introduction of new faculty and staff. She also recognized those who have received awards or been acknowledged for achievements. “These are the people who help us do all the good work we do,” said Petersen.

This year the college:

  • welcomed four new faculty members
  • promoted a record number of faculty—four to full professor and three to associate professor
  • saw 13 new staff members join team #USFCOPHRocks!
  • introduced six new leadership roles
  • had two COPH staffers recognized with the USF Quiet Quality Award and eight with the USF Outstanding Staff Award
  • applauded 15 faculty members who received awards and recognitions, both within the college and outside of it
  • increased research proposals submitted from 70 to 110

Special Faculty Recognitions

Dean Petersen stands with Jill Roberts, PhD, this year’s recipient of the Cliff Blair Award for Excellence in Teaching. (Photo by Keough)

Students and Alumni

Students are the heart and soul of the college as well as the future of public health, and Petersen proudly shared their accomplishments.

College News

From best-in-state to welcoming a whole new program to the college, the COPH had much to celebrate this year.

Looking Ahead

Petersen outlined the need for:

  • more community involvement
  • greater concern for student’s career paths
  • graduate students gaining more skills
  • sharing outcomes to build enrollment
  • developing revenue streams, including making plans to secure a naming gift
  • increasing enrollment

In the end, said Petersen, our 35th year has to be our “show me the money” year.

“A lot is going on this year to celebrate us and everything we do,” said Petersen, “so keep the momentum going. I want to thank all of you for everything you do to make this college the fabulous place it is.”

This initiative is part of the USF College of Public Health’s yearlong 35th anniversary celebration.  To learn more about giving to the COPH, contact Kara Steiner ’06 at ksteiner@health.usf.edu or (813) 974-3023.

Story by Donna Campisano, USF College of Public Health