News Release: Research , School of Public Health , Woodruff Health Sciences

Nov. 30,  2010

New Building is Milestone for Emory's Rollins School of Public Health

News Article ImageClaudia Nance Rollins Building is named for the mother of longtime Emory benefactor O. Wayne Rollins and his brother John, thus extending the family's ties with the school to five generations.

Emory's reputation as a destination university has grown stronger with the opening of a second building for the Rollins School of Public Health.

Members of the Rollins family and the Emory community recently dedicated the Claudia Nance Rollins Building, which houses a growing body of students and faculty from around the world. The nine-story building is named for the mother of longtime Emory benefactor O. Wayne Rollins and his brother John, thus extending the family's ties with the school to five generations.

The new building is connected by a glass-enclosed bridge to the Grace Crum Rollins Building, named in honor of O. Wayne's wife. In 2007, the Rollins family made a $50 million commitment toward the $90 million cost to construct a second building and renovate the Grace Crum Rollins Building, which was completed in 1994.

The dedication of the Claudia Nance Rollins Building coincides with several school milestones this year—the 35th anniversary of the public health program, the 20th anniversary of the school, and James Curran's 15th year as dean. Since construction of the new building began in 2008, the school experienced record enrollment of new MPH/MSPH students in 2009 and 2010. What began as a master's program with 16 students in 1975 has evolved to become one of the top 10 public health schools in the nation with more than 1,000 students.

Video: Dean James Curran describes the impact of
the new building. Additional videos available.

“This year, Rollins had more applicants for admission than any other school of public health in the country, except for the considerably older and larger Johns Hopkins,” says Emory University President James W. Wagner, PhD. “For students seeking global health careers, no institution attracted more applicants than Rollins. Dean Curran has said often that this surge of interest on the part of students—and from potential faculty and research/program partners—is without a doubt due in part to the promise of the Claudia Nance Rollins Building.”

The new building is home to the departments of epidemiology, environmental health, and global health. It also provides additional teaching and meeting space, including the 250-seat Rollins Auditorium, and three floors of laboratory space. Renovation of the Grace Crum Rollins Building created additional study and computer space for students and expanded space for both student and career services. The renovation also provides more space for the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics (to accommodate a growing number of collaborative partnerships) and Information Services, which manages new high-tech audiovisual capabilities in both buildings. Also housed in the GCR Building is a new indoor/outdoor café to serve health sciences faculty and students and visitors from the CDC and the Atlanta community.

Originally posted Nov. 18, 2010


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