Student scholarship fund established in honor of CPH dean

March 1, 2013 by Bri Loesch | CPH Communications
Categories: Milestones, Giving, Biostatistics, BIO, Students

Student scholarship fund established in honor of CPH dean

Much has changed in the past decade for The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health.

Ten years ago it was the School of Public Health, becoming a college in 2007.

Over the past 10 years, the number of faculty and graduate students has grown, undergraduate programs have been established, and the college moved to Cunz Hall, bringing the whole college under one roof for the first time.

This decade of change and progress has been achieved under the direction of Dean Stanley Lemeshow. Last fall, he publicly announced that he is stepping down as dean to return to the faculty in August 2013.

In honor of his service, The Ohio State University has established an endowed student scholarship fund in his name, the Stanley Lemeshow Student Excellence Fund. Dean Lemeshow’s dedication to the faculty, students, and college inspired the creation of the fund.

The fund will provide scholarships, support for student research, travel, and other activities to enhance the education of public health students. The scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Lemeshow joined Ohio State in 1999 as a biostatistics professor in the School of Public Health and the Department of Statistics. He took the reins as the school’s first permanent dean in 2003, when Public Health separated from the College of Medicine.

“Dean Stan Lemeshow is all about his students and what the college can do to open the doors to a profession in public health,” said Barbara Brandt, a member of the College of Public Health Dean’s Advisory Board. “A  scholarship that assists in making this possible and removes some of the financial barriers is such a fitting way to say ”thank you” for years of service and devotion. Dean Lemeshow wanted a beautiful, green, and healthy environment for his students and he made that happen.”

After hearing of the idea for the fund, Brandt helped raise nearly half the endowment in just a few short months.

“To be part of an effort to help all men and women who are interested in the work accomplished through public health is an honor and a joy,” Brandt said.

Gary Koch, professor of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health, mentored Lemeshow while he was earning his Master of Science in Public Health degree.

“When I initially met Stan during his time in the MSPH graduate program in biostatistics at UNC-CH during the late 1960s, I knew he would have an outstanding professional career in biostatistics and public health,” Koch said. “This clearly sound prediction had initial confirmation through my subsequent collaborative interactions with him during his biostatistical position at the National Center for Health Statistics, followed by his faculty position at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Thus, it was no surprise when I learned that he had the opportunity to become dean at Ohio State’s College of Public Health-- to which I think he has provided outstanding leadership.” 


Abdelmonem Afifi, professor of biostatistics and biomathematics at the UCLA School of Public Health reflected on his long history with Lemeshow.

“I met Stan when he came to the UCLA School of Public Health as a PhD student in Biostatistics in September 1972,” Afifi said. “I was then an associate professor of biostatistics, and Stan took several of my courses. It was clear to me from the beginning that this was a man with a future, not only as a scientist, but also as a future mentor and a leader.”

Also a member of the College of Public Health Dean’s Advisory Board, Afifi looked forward to the annual board meetings in Columbus.

“They afforded me the opportunity to see Stan on a one-to-one basis,” Afifi said. “Some of my favorite moments are the walks we around the campus or around the neighborhood and just chat. I especially enjoyed a visit to the botanical garden near the Lemeshows’ home. We spent a good part of the afternoon enjoying the flowers, the cacti and the Chihuly glass. This is typical Stan; he is truly interested, not just casually being there.”

Afifi strongly encouraged Lemeshow to accept the position as dean of the then School of Public Health.

“Stan has really put the Ohio State College of Public Health on the map,” Afifi said.

The Ohio State University invites you to join in celebrating Lemeshow’s accomplishments while helping students reach their dreams. By supporting the Stanley Lemeshow Student Excellence Fund you will make an important impact on our students.


To contribute, click here. Thank you for your support!



About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 19th among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, and also includes the top 10-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice, and the NCI-funded Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS).

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