Announcement Regarding a Leadership Transition at NHS

Tuesday, September 21

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

I write today to share important news regarding our School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS).

For the past two years, Dr. Carole Roan Gresenz has served as the Interim Dean of NHS, and she will conclude her service on September 26. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Gresenz for her commitment and her leadership during this period as we plan for the launch of our School of Nursing and our School of Health next year. As Dr. Gresenz returns to our faculty to focus on her research, she will continue to play an important role as a senior advisor in the University’s ongoing work to re-imagine the future of health and health sciences at Georgetown.

I am pleased to announce that John T. Monahan, J.D., (C’83 L’87), senior advisor for global health, will assume the role of Interim Dean of NHS. Professor Monahan holds joint appointments as a Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine, Senior Lecturer at our Georgetown University Law Center, and Senior Fellow in our McCourt School of Public Policy. In addition to his ongoing teaching at Georgetown Law, he has also taught courses at NHS and in our School of Foreign Service. He was the founding executive director of our O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and has co-led our University-wide Global Health Initiative since its launch in 2017. During his time at Georgetown, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to building partnerships, to fostering new interdisciplinary collaborations, and to facilitating conversations about how we can build and expand on existing strengths at the University.

With decades of experience in public service, he has held multiple executive appointments across three different presidential administrations. In several leadership roles within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), he focused on the design, implementation, and oversight of federal programs such as Medicaid, as well as improvements to the overall impact and delivery of health policies and human services at national, state, and local levels.

He has deep experience working on global health issues, coordinating U.S. efforts on global health security and policy. He served as Director of the Office of Global Health Affairs at HHS from 2009 to 2010, during the H1N1 influenza pandemic, and as Special Advisor for Global Health Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, from 2010 to 2014, in support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Throughout his career, Professor Monahan has demonstrated a deep commitment to public service, to education, and interdisciplinary collaboration to improve health for those most vulnerable in our world.

Please join me in expressing our gratitude to Professor Monahan as he assumes this new leadership role, and to Dr. Gresenz, for her many contributions in this role over these past two years.


John J. DeGioia