Joan and Dennis Gillings


“Our pledge to the School of Public Health reflects our admiration for the School and its accomplishments — and our desire to give it the resources needed to develop and deliver health innovations faster to the people of North Carolina and the world.

Joan and I, having been personally involved with the School for more than 30 years, are delighted to make this gift. With it, we believe the School of Public Health can lead the way in 21st century public health advances.” — Dr. Dennis Gillings, CBE

Preventing disease, confronting the disparities of health care, improving overall public health for entire populations — these are some of the most pressing issues facing us at the dawn of the 21st century.

That is why the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is dedicated to providing groundbreaking research and world-class education for the next generation of leaders in public health. That is why across North Carolina and around the world,

We are making a difference.

A $50 million personal pledge from Dennis and Joan Gillings allows the School to continue its mission at an accelerated pace.


Highlights from the Naming Ceremony on September 26, 2008.

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