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July 30, 1997 -- No. 516

Hershey steps down from post to resume full-time teaching

UNC-CH News Services

CHAPEL HILL -- Dr. H. Garland Hershey Jr., vice provost for health affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will leave his post in September to return to the School of Dentistry, where he will teach, conduct research and care for patients.

Hershey, an orthodontist, said that his return to Brauer Hall will allow him to pursue full-time an avocation that he never completely left when becoming an university administrator. Hershey has served on the dental school's faculty since 1971.

Appointed in 1983, Hershey oversaw the university's Division of Health Affairs. The division consists of the schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health, the Health Sciences Library and several research centers and institutes, including the world-renowned Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the Carolina Population Center. More than half of Carolina's faculty members work in the Division of Health Affairs. During Hershey's tenure as vice chancellor and vice provost, many of Carolina's health-sciences schools and departments have been highly ranked nationally for their quality and reputation, and all have programs named among the “top 10” by magazines such as U.S. News & World Report.

“The Division of Health Affairs has become one of the premier academic health centers in the United States and being involved in its developement has been a wonderful and rewarding experience,” Hershey said. “The best part of that experience has been the opportunity to work with an absolutely superb group of individuals in every one of our schools and centers.”

The schools and departments within the Division of Health Affairs also have demonstrated increased funding for research from the federal government, national ranking in relation to peer institutions and a commitment to interdisciplinary research and service within the state and beyond.

“Under Dr. Hershey's watch, the schools in health affairs have flourished, expanding the scope and quality of their programs and their national visibility and reputation,” said Dr. Richard Richardson, provost. “He can take great pride in the role he played in their success, and we wish Garland the best upon his return to the classroom.”

Said Chancellor Michael Hooker, “Like other universities with academic medical centers, Carolina's health-sciences schools and departments face a challenging time of change and marketplace competition. Dr. Hershey has helped position the Division of Health Affairs to successfully meet those challenges.”

While overseeing the division, Hershey chaired a university committee reviewing on-site child care for faculty and employees. That effort resulted in the Victory Village Day Care Center, which is scheduled to open in the next year. The center, which will accommodate 120 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, will be NAEYC certified and a AA-licensed facility, both indicators of the highest child-care quality standards.

Hershey also chaired a committee reviewing university-industry relations and how academic research can better encourage and support private enterprise. Since 1979, seven new high-tech companies have been created as a direct result of UNC-CH inventions.

Prior to moving to the university's South Building, Hershey served as the associate dean for academic affairs and director of graduate education in the School of Dentistry.

He came to Carolina from the University of Iowa, where he was a faculty member in oral diagnosis and orthodontics and a research associate in the department of otolaryngology. A native of Iowa City, he received his undergraduate degree at Grinnell College and a dental and master's degree in orthodontics from the University of Iowa.

Hershey holds a number of appointments. A fellow at both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, Hershey is chairman of the board of directors for the Association of Academic Health Centers, which represents the 100 largest university-based medical centers in the United States. When Hershey joined the association, he was the youngest person to head an academic health center and, among the association's representatives, has served the longest.

He has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Orthodontics, Clinical Preventive Dentistry and the Journal of Dental Education. Hershey also has served on the Pew Health Professions Commission, the board of directors at UNC Hospitals and committees for the American Dental Association and the American Association of Dental Schools.

A member of the board and executive committee of the Research Triangle Institute and the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies, Inc., Hershey serves on the Commission on Health and Human Services of the Southern Education Board in Atlanta.

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