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Curran Honored with Endowed Chair
(Photo: Creation of an endowed chair named for him came as a surprise to Dean James Curran (second from right), shown here with Ben Johnson (left) and Ann Estes and Lawrence Klamon.)
James Curran has served as dean of Emory's Rollin's School of Public Health since 1995, but in 2009 he received new recognition: Emory's first endowed chair in honor of a sitting dean.
Endowed chairs allow the university to recruit and recognize faculty who are leaders in teaching and scholarship. Curran is such a leader. Under his stewardship, the Rollins School of Public Health has grown from 30 faculty members and $5 million in research grants on its founding in 1990 to more than 300 faculty, 1000 graduate and doctoral students, and $64 million in annually funded research. Curran, who is principal investigator and co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research, formerly led the HIV/AIDS Division at CDC, attaining the rank of assistant surgeon general. The chair is made possible by Emory's long-time friends Lawrence P. and Ann Estes Klamon, who serve as co-chairs of the RSPH's $150 million fundraising initiative as part of Emory's $1.6 billion campaign.