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Incoming Simmons College President Honored by Illinois Public Health Association

BOSTON (May 10, 2006) — Incoming Simmons College President Susan C. Scrimshaw recently was awarded the Illinois Public Health Association's highest honor, the 2006 Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of her distinguished service in research, teaching, and public health practice.

For the past 11 years, Scrimshaw has provided "wisdom, leadership and passion for public health at the local, state, regional, national and international levels," according to the citation accompanying the award.

Scrimshaw, who currently is dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health, will become president of Simmons College in Boston in July, when President Daniel S. Cheever, Jr., retires after 11 years of service.

Scrimshaw, who was nominated for the award by the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the UIC School of Public Health, was recognized for what the professional society described as her "tireless dedication and boundless enthusiasm for public health," and her leadership in public health education.

Among other honors, Scrimshaw is the recipient of the 2005 Visionary Award from the Chicago Community Clinic, the 2001 Award of Merit in Public Health from President Vicente Fox of Mexico, and the 1985 Margaret Mead Award. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.