Galea appointed inaugural Margaret C. Ryan Dean of planned WashU School of Public Health

To create the next era in public health, we needed to bring an outstanding leader to WashU. This dean needed a vision for the field of public health, a humble assessment of what we learned about public health during the pandemic and be committed to building a new school that will translate public health innovations into community health and policy.

Identifying a leader of this caliber required a unique approach to our search. In 2023, we established two committees: the Nominations and Recruitment and Interdisciplinary Consultation committees, who leveraged our vast public health network to identify top public health leaders. Through virtual town hall sessions and an online nomination submission form, we sought nominations for and confidential expressions of interest in the position of founding dean for a new School of Public Health. Our committees sourced more than 100 individuals with the potential to be considered for this role. Following careful consideration of the finalists we determined the person who best fit our expectations and aspirations for the role. On May 6, 2024, WashU announced Dr. Sandro Galea as the inaugural dean of the planned School of Public Health.


Interdisciplinary Consulting Committee

Dineo Khabele (co-chair)
School of Medicine
Rodrigo Siqueira Reis (co-chair)
Brown School
Penina Acayo Laker
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Graham Colditz
School of Medicine
Victor Davila-Roman
School of Medicine
Dan Giammar
Center for the Environment,
McKelvey School of Engineering
Jennifer Gibbs (staffing)
Office of the Provost
Bart Hamilton
Olin Business School
Patrick Hill
Arts & Sciences
Thomas Hillman
Trustee
Eric Lenze
School of Medicine
Mary McKay (ex-officio)
Office of the Provost
Philip Payne
Digital Transformation, School of Medicine
Mary Politi
School of Medicine
Bill Powderly
School of Medicine, Institute of Public Health
Neil Richards
School of Law
Will Ross
School of Medicine
Lisa Siddens (staffing)
Office of the Provost
Lindsay Stark
Brown School
Jay Turner
McKelvey School of Engineering

Nominations and Recruitment Committee

Ross Brownson (co-chair)
Brown School, School of Medicine
Victoria Fraser (co-chair)
School of Medicine
Eva Aagaard
School of Medicine
Marlon Bailey
Arts & Sciences
Brad Evanoff
School of Medicine
Jennifer Gibbs (staffing)
Office of the Provost
Jeremy Goldbach
Brown School
Debra Haire-Joshu
Brown School, School of Medicine
Lora Ianotti
Brown School
Karen Joynt Maddox
School of Medicine
Eugene Kahn
Trustee Emeritus
Matt Kreuter
Brown School
Alaina Maciá
Trustee
Mary McKay (ex-officio)
Office of the Provost
Nancy Morrow-Howell
Brown School
Shanti Parikh
Arts & Sciences
Lisa Siddens (staffing)
Office of the Provost