Georgetown Inaugurates Jacobs Professorship at NHS

OCTOBER 10, 2012 - On Friday, Oct. 5, the School of Nursing & Health Studies honored Carole Roan Gresenz, PhD, as the inaugural holder of the Bette Jacobs Endowed Professorship in the Department of Health Systems Administration.

NHS Dean Martin Y. Iguchi, PhD, began the evening by recognizing Bette Jacobs, former NHS dean and current professor of health systems administration, for her contributions to the school.  Jacobs is also a distinguished scholar in the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

“We are here to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of Bette Jacobs,” said Iguchi at the celebratory dinner in Riggs Library. “Bette transformed NHS and set us on a course that has brought us to where we are today. This professorship is the perfect way to thank her in so many ways.”

Future Impact

Gresenz comes to NHS with nearly 20 years of experience at the RAND Corporation, where she most recently served as senior economist and director of the Health Economics, Finance, and Organization program within RAND Health.

Her research interests include health disparities, health care organizations, and finance – among others.

“With Carole, we have someone with a sophisticated way of looking at questions, someone who is able to look at questions from the other perspective,” said Iguchi. “I am delighted to have a scholar in our midst that will challenge authority and one who is also able to explain her work in plain language. This ability to communicate is so rare and so valuable. Carole, welcome to the family.”

Gresenz shared her appreciation for the professorship and excitement for the future.

“I am really grateful to Martin and to the faculty at NHS for the incredibly warm welcome I’ve had,” said Gresenz. “The richness of the community here provides so much opportunity for collaboration. I’m looking forward with so much anticipation to the upcoming years and all that I will be able to do.”

Shannon Family Gift

The professorship is made possible through the generosity of the Shannon family.

Timothy Shannon (NHS’07) is a graduate of the health care management & policy program in the Department of Health Systems Administration and a member of the school’s Board of Advisors.

“On behalf of my wife and parents, I want to thank you for being here to celebrate Bette, Carole, and the future of the School of Nursing & Health Studies,” said Shannon. “As we recognize Bette and her accomplishments, it’s also very fitting that we are here to celebrate another great leader, Carole, and the installation of the professorship. It’s very exciting to have you on board.”

By Alicia Lee