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Brown University Names Marcus Dean of the School of Public Health

Thursday, June 15, 2017

 

Bess Marcus

Brown University has named Bess Marcus as the next dean of the School of Public Health. 

“I’m excited and honored by the opportunity to return to Brown to lead the School of Public Health at such a critical time, given all of the local, national and global health challenges facing us, from obesity to climate change to so much more. One of the factors that’s so exciting is the richness of the University itself — addressing important, complex issues related to population health is a central part of Brown’s mission,” said Marcus. 

Marcus succeeds Terrie Fox Wetle, who served as the school’s first dean in 2013. Marcus will begin her tenure as dean effective November 1, 2017. 

“Bess Marcus is not only an accomplished public health scholar and teacher in her own right, but also brings a remarkable track record of promoting public health research and education as a senior leader at UCSD,” Paxson said. “Her collaborative leadership style and strong commitment to advancing high-impact research will be instrumental in inspiring students and faculty to confront the wide array of complex public health challenges that face society,” said Brown President Christina Paxson. 

In her role as dean, Marcus will provide direction, leadership and administrative oversight for all aspects of the School of Public Health. Reporting directly to the University’s provost, she will oversee the school’s four academic departments, research centers, doctoral and master’s programs and its undergraduate concentration.

Bess Marcus 

Marcus served as a professor of community health and psychiatry and human behavior at Brown before leaving for the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 2011.

At UCSD, she served as chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the UCSD School of Medicine for six years and the school’s senior associate dean for public health. 

Marcus has published more than 250 papers on the role of exercise in health and how to motivate people to maintain healthy behaviors such as physical activity and smoking cessation.

Marcus got her master’s and doctoral degrees from Auburn, and holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.

 

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