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August 4, 1999 Contact: Amanda Mazur (312) 996-7681,


Rosalyn Beecham Green has been named associate provost and executive director of the Urban Health Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Green comes to UIC from Illinois State University where she was a faculty member of the department of social work. The appointment is subject to approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

The UIC Urban Health Program, started in 1979, strives to recruit, retain and graduate students from minority groups underrepresented in the health professions. The ultimate goal of the program is to train a cadre of minority health professionals dedicated to improving the quality of health care where services are most needed.

In accepting the position of director of the Urban Health Program, Green sees her main objective as "continuing the recruitment of minority and disadvantaged students into the various health profession curricula and helping these students develop the skills necessary for a career in the field of health care delivery."

Green will be working with the colleges and schools of dentistry, health and human development sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Each health science college and school has developed specific programs aimed at fulfilling the goal of the Urban Health Program.

"I am thrilled about Dr. Green taking the position," said Provost Elizabeth Hoffman. "We are fortunate to find someone with her background in health sciences and student affairs, as well as her proven skills in promoting cultural diversity. She possesses a rare combination of experience in all areas critical to the job."

Green has more than 20 years of experience in student affairs, 15 of which have been in medical and health-related areas. Prior to her position at Illinois State University, Green was the executive director of the Office of Student Services at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Green was the first female and first person of color to hold that position.

While at the Health Sciences Center, Green facilitated the founding of a student organization, the United Students of African Heritage, that cut across all schools and brought together African and African-American students to address common issues and concerns.

Green also served as director of special support services at the University of Iowa. There, she assisted in the development of programs and policies to meet the needs of students of color and less academically prepared student populations. Those programs also served to promote multicultural and ethnic awareness through university-wide programming.

Prior to joining the University of Iowa, Green served as director of the office of medical education at Howard University's College of Medicine in Washington.

Green sees the position of associate provost and director of the Urban Health Program as an opportunity to combine her interests in students and educational access, teaching and learning, and student educational outcomes.

Green earned a doctoral degree in education from the University of Iowa in 1982. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the University of Iowa as well.

With 25,000 students, the University of Illinois at Chicago is the largest and most diverse university in the Chicago area. UIC is home to the largest medical school in the United States and is one of the 88 leading research universities in the country. Located just west of Chicago's Loop, UIC is a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the area.


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