Alumni gift $1.5 million to the School of Public Health

School of Public Health alumnus Patrick Ronan ’94 recently donated a historic $1.5 million gift to support the renovation of the school. Edna S Brigham BuildingMore than 10,000 square feet of space on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Edna S. The opportunity to renovate and occupy the Brigham Building follows the school’s significant growth in undergraduate and graduate enrollment, research success, and community impact.

“Our school has experienced tremendous growth, and our new location will provide students and faculty with better access to technology and opportunities for collaboration between researchers and community partners,” said Dr. Muge Akpinar-Elsi, Dean of the School of Public Health. will provide.” “Patrick’s gift to support our innovation transforms our student and faculty experience and our ability to train future public health leaders, foster workforce development, and support equitable, healthy and resilient communities enhances.”

Patrick earned a BA from the School of Public Health and later a JD from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He attaches great importance to the education and skills gained during his undergraduate career.

,My experience in Nevada really opened my eyes to opportunities in the health care field, particularly in the public health sector. I am grateful for my strong, science-based education, which I use every day. Perhaps the most important element of my public health education was developing an understanding of how the fundamentals of public health apply to the real world.”

Patrick credits former professors Phyllis Reed, Ph.D., and Rosalie Marinelli with not only teaching principles and technical topics in the classroom, but also discussing how these principles and skills can be used to protect and promote public health. to better serve communities and solve important public health challenges. The collaborative and applied nature of her public health education shaped her dynamic career.

“The time spent collaborating on projects with professors and fellow students allowed me to learn and grow in an organic environment where I was able to continually enhance my abilities,” Patrick said. “Being surrounded by people who have excelled in the fields of public health was rewarding and fulfilling and played a significant role in shaping how I now define success in a professional setting.”

Patrick currently worksis the CEO of valid, a global, full-service life science consulting firm, provides regulatory, compliance, and quality consulting to pharmaceutical, biologics, medical device, and diagnostics developers and manufacturers seeking to market and commercialize products globally. are doing. He previously founded Greenleaf Health, Inc. (Greenleaf), a leading regulatory consulting firm based in Washington, DC, which he founded in 2007. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and in a major global pharmaceutical company.

Patrick’s diverse experiences in the public health and health care fields have shaped his perspective and understanding of the public health landscape. He encourages current public health students to engage in active learning.

“The world needs you – don’t be a passive observer in your education, involve your professors and peers and capture the excitement of learning new things and exploring new opportunities. The identity of the public health sector has evolved rapidly over the last 3 years. happened, this is your opportunity to be a leader and make a difference.

Asked what he hopes his gift will accomplish beyond renovation, Patrick expressed his vision for the school. ,Nationally, I hope this gift further enhances the recognition of the School of Public Health so that Nevada can continue down its path of attracting and educating the public health leaders of tomorrow. Locally, it is my hope that this gift provides a true home for the School of Public Health where students enjoy the same enriching and lasting experiences that I had during my undergraduate years at Nevada.

He also hopes that his gift will inspire current and future community partners and donors to support the development of the next generation of public health leaders.

“History has demonstrated that there is never a surplus of effective leaders, this is our opportunity – your opportunity – to lead. Nevada is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the public health sector and it is our responsibility to fulfill this ambition. Support is required.

On behalf of the School of Public Health, Dean Akpinar-Elsie expresses her heartfelt gratitude to Patrick and her dedication to public health. “Words cannot describe the impact of Patrick’s gift on the future of public health for generations to come. This donation will help us create new spaces for collaborative research and training opportunities that will best position our school to serve our communities.

To learn how you can assist the School of Public Health, please contact Gabrielle Brackett ’12, ’19 MPH, Associate Director of Development, at (775) 682-8206 or [email protected]

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