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College of Public Health Dean Receives Educator/Researcher of the Year Award

Charles HardyDr. Charles Hardy, dean of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University, recently received the 2009 Distinguished Educator/Researcher of the Year Award from the Georgia Rural Health Association. He was honored at the association’s annual meeting held at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Ga.

Hardy was recognized for his leadership as Founding Dean of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University.

“I am truly humbled to be the recipient of this award,” Hardy said. “The real recipients of the award are the faculty, staff and students of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. Their tireless and considerable efforts to build a sustainable college of public health that can be approved for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health is like none I have ever been a part of in my entire academic career. Each member of our team is committed to making a difference in the health of rural and underserved populations. I can think of no greater calling.”

The Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) is the oldest state rural health association in the country. Founded in 1981 at Georgia Southern University, this nonprofit network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals is united in its commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers 115 degree programs serving nearly 19,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu.

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