U of S Board Announces New Executive Director of the School of Public Health
Posted June 04, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 4, 2009
The University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Robert Buckingham as executive director of the School of Public Health effective September 1, 2009.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Buckingham to the University of Saskatchewan,” said Brett Fairbairn, provost and vice-president, academic. “He has demonstrated a clear commitment to teaching, research and humanitarian work, and has played a key leadership role with respect to the worldwide development of hospices and the education of populations on public health. His experience will be an asset to both the School of Public Health and the University of Saskatchewan.”
Dr. Buckingham, currently a professor at New Mexico State University, helped found the first hospice in the United States and has since developed 81 hospices in seven countries worldwide, including a pediatric hospice for children with AIDS. For this global public health work, he was awarded the distinguished Ivanosky Prize for Humanitarian Medicine by the Russian Institute of Virology. This same humanitarian philosophy has guided his latest research, which focuses on condom usage and the spread of HIV/AIDS among female sex trade workers in Thailand. Dr. Buckingham has authored 17 books and has travelled the world educating people about public health.
Dr. Buckingham has a BA in government from the University of Arizona, an MA in social anthropology from Wesleyan University, and a PhD in public health from Yale University. He has served as an assistant professor at Columbia University, an associate professor and president of the American Association of University Professors Chapter at the University of Arizona, a professor at City University of New York, and as dean of the College of Health and Human Performance at Minnesota State University.
Founded in July 2007, the School of Public Health is one of the three interdisciplinary graduate schools at the University of Saskatchewan. Offering innovative opportunities for graduate education, public health research and programming, the school prepares public health leaders for the challenges of tomorrow.
Located in the heart of Saskatoon, the University of Saskatchewan is one of the leading medical doctoral universities in Canada. The university is uniquely positioned in the areas of human, animal and plant studies. World-class research facilities, renowned faculty and award winning students make the U of S a leader in post-secondary education.
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Patty Martin, Community and Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan
Telephone: (306) 966-6919