College of Public Health Chairs and Professorships
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Peter Thorne, PhD
University of Iowa Distinguished Chair
The University of Iowa Distinguished Chair is one of the highest awards bestowed on Iowa faculty. It recognizes tenured scholars of national and international distinction who are making a significant positive impact within the university, state of Iowa, and beyond through teaching, research, and/or scholarship.
Christine Petersen, PhD
Edwin B. Green Chair in Public Health
The Edwin B. Green Chair honors University of Iowa alumnus Edwin Green. The chair is supported by income from the permanent Edwin B. Green Endowment Fund. Although he received a BA in journalism in 1929, Green was a long-time supporter of the arts, the medical community, and his own field, journalism. His generosity also has impacted UI endowed professorships and fellowships, University Libraries, Iowa Hall in the Museum of Natural History, and scholarships to help school children attend educational and recreational programs and summer camps. After graduating from the UI, he joined The Iowa City Press-Citizen, later serving as managing editor for 32 years until his retirement in 1966. Green died in 1988.