Chairs and Professorships

College of Public Health Chairs and Professorships

Diane Rohlman

Diane Rohlman, PhD

Endowed Chair in Rural Safety and Health

The Endowed Chair in Rural Safety and Health was established in 2000 by Pioneer Hi-Bred International to promote farm safety and rural health. Through exemplary teaching, research, and service the Professorship brings a new vitality, vision, and expertise to the field of rural safety and health and provides increased prestige to Pioneer and the UI College of Public Health’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. This chair recognizes the outstanding achievements of scholarship and teaching in the area of rural safety and health.

Professor and Interim Dean Keith Mueller.

Keith Mueller, PhD

Gerard Hartman Professorship

The Gerard Hartman Professorship was established in 1975 by the Program of Hospital and Health Administration at the Carver College of Medicine (now the Department of Health Management and Policy at the College of Public Health) in honor of founder and former director, Professor Gerhard “Gerry” Hartman, in recognition of his contributions during his 25 year career in training health and hospital administrators.

A portrait of George Wehby of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

George Wehby, PhD

John W. Colloton Chair in Health Management and Policy

The John W. Colloton Chair in Health Management and Policy was established in 1998 by the Carver College of Medicine and the Department of Preventative Medicine in anticipation of the opening of the new College of Public Health. John Colloton served as the Director of UIHC from 1972-1993 and is responsible for the UIHC as we know it today, constructing more than $500 million of brand new clinical facilities and building relationships with physicians statewide during his tenure. This endowed Chair honors the numerous contributions made by John W. Colloton throughout his career as one of the nation’s leading health care executives.

A portrait of Elizabeth "Betsy" Chrischilles of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Elizabeth Chrischilles, PhD

Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Chair in Public Health

The Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Chair in Public Health was established by late philanthropist and businessman Marvin Pomerantz in 2007. Marvin was a 1952 UI business graduate. He went on to a successful career, first starting his own company, and later holding leadership roles at Mid-America Group, Wells Fargo, Wellmark, International Harvester, and numerous others. He was a lifelong philanthropist and gave generously to the University of Iowa and dozens of other causes. The UI Pomerantz Career Center is named in his honor.

Portrait of Epidemiology Professor and Associate Provost Linda Snetselaar of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Linda Snetselaar, PhD

Preventive Nutrition Education Professorship

The Preventive Nutrition Education Professor was established in 1994 by the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the Iowa Pork Producers Association, and the Midland Dairy Association to promote an understanding of nutrition and how proper nutrition can decrease the rate of disease and disability. This endowment supports a program in preventive nutrition education with a goal to enhance the knowledge of medical students and health professionals in the area of nutrition for health promotion and disease prevention. The most central component of which is the professorship in preventive nutrition.

University of Iowa Professorships

Corinne Peek-Asa

Corinne Peek-Asa, PhD

Lowell G. Battershell University Distinguished Chair

The Lowell G. Battershell University Distinguished Chair is part of the University of Iowa Distinguished Professorship Program, which recognizes tenured scholars of national and international distinction who are having a significant positive impact within the state of Iowa and beyond through teaching, research, scholarship, and artistic creation. The Distinguished University Professor ranks highly among the honors bestowed by the UI on faculty members.