Hello and Thanks
Hello CSPH community,
I am very pleased to be here to begin serving as your Dean. I am very excited about the outstanding work that is going on at the CSPH and about the prospects for a very bright future. I know we all share the vision of the CSPH being a regional and global leader in public health education, research, and service. I am looking forward to working with you to continue to pursue that vision.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Judith Albino for serving as interim Dean and for all the help she has given to me during the past several months. I am looking forward to continuing to benefit from her advice as she returns to an Associate Dean role.
I also want to add my thanks to the many you have already sent to Founding Dean Dick Hamman, whose outstanding leadership has set the CSPH on an excellent course. I have admired Dick’s scientific work for several decades. I first met Dick when I was working on my doctoral research on heart disease in Hispanics in Corpus Christi, Texas. Then shortly after moving to Wake Forest 16 years ago, I joined the IRAS study, for which he served as Chair of the Steering Committee. I am looking forward to benefiting from his wise guidance.
I will be settling in over the next few days/weeks and would welcome your dropping by the office to say hello. Please be patient with me as I learn names and faces.
From a business perspective, I am eager to get fully up to speed on the budget for the next fiscal year and proposals for high priority enhancements for the school.
From a personal perspective, my wife, Terri, and daughter, Katie, will arrive tomorrow, and we will spend the next few weeks/months looking for permanent housing. Katie is a sophomore at American University. I am sure she’d love to meet similarly aged young adults who are here over the summer. Terri has worked in the arts communities of Houston and Winston-Salem and will be looking for contacts here. To round out the list, our son, Alex, just graduated from U Michigan and took a design engineering position with Cessna in Wichita.
I look forward to getting to know you and to working with you over the years to come.
David C. Goff, Jr., MD, PhD | Dean, Colorado School of Public Health