Back in September 2008 the UNC School of Public Health changed its name to the remarkably clunky UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. It was named after Dennis Gillings, founder and CEO of pharmaceutical consulting giant Quintiles Transnational, after he gave the school gobs of money.
There was a great deal of concern among some faculty, staff, and students that the name change would come with major policy shifts at the school toward research that favors private industry over public health. Critics noted that Quintiles executives were popping up on various boards at the school.
Now this humorous note.
Gillings is speaking at the 2009 NC CEO Forum and his bio includes this line:
In September, 2008, the School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill was named the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The mission is to advance the impact of economic and methodological research on health in both the developed and developing world.
Funny, that doesn’t sound like the mission statement of the school:
Our mission is to improve public health, promote individual well-being, and eliminate health disparities across North Carolina and the world.
Nope, nothing in there about economics.