Emory University School of Public Health Receives $65M Rollins Foundation Gift

Emory University has recently received a $65 million gift from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation to support the construction of a third Rollins School of Public Health facility on the campus.

The new facility, which will be called the R. Randall Rollins Building, will be adjacent to the existing School of Public Health buildings and is set to open in 2020.

“The Rollins family continues to demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the health of global communities,” said Emory University president Dr. Claire E. Sterk. “This new investment is a gift for the future that will have world-wide reach. It will propel the faculty, staff and students of the Rollins School of Public Health to new levels of leadership and service for the greater good. We are truly grateful for the Rollins family’s partnership with Emory.”

The Rollins School of Public Health currently has 1,164 students pursuing master’s degrees and 180 students pursuing doctorate degrees.

The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation has supported the school for over two decades. The foundation has supported the construction of the Grace Crum Rollins and the Claudia Nance Rollins buildings, which opened in 1994 and 2010, respectively. The two facilities are the home to six academic departments, more than 20 centers and 200 faculty members.

The R. Randall Rollins Building will expand the number of classrooms and faculty offices and also include conferencing and distance learning spaces.

“The Rollins family’s investments have enabled Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health to earn world-wide recognition for its scholarship and influence,” said Dr. Jonathan S. Lewin, Emory’s executive vice president for health affairs. “As Rollins faculty, students and alumni work to improve health and prevent disease in more than 115 countries, this new investment will contribute to advancing Atlanta’s global leadership in public health.” 

The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation also supports programs in Emory’s School of Medicine, Winship Cancer Institute and Candler School of Theology.

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