VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
Tuesday, September 21
5:00 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Learn more about how Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College are working together to keep our campuses and community safe.
Dr. Valerie Montgomery-Rice
President and CEO
Morehouse School of Medicine
Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice is the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the first woman to lead the freestanding medical institution. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, Montgomery Rice was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color. She holds memberships in various organizations and participates on a number of boards, such as the following: member, National Academy of Medicine, the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans, and the Horatio Alger Association and board of directors for The Metro Atlanta Chamber, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, The Nemours Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, Westside Future Fund, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Headspace, Wellpath and CARE.
Dr. Garlen Dale Wesson
Provost and Sr. Vice President for
Clark Atlanta University
Dr. Wesson comes to CAU with over 20 years of successful higher education experience, most recently at Virginia State University (VSU), where he served as the Vice President for Research & Economic Development and tenured full professor in the Department of Engineering and Computer Science. At VSU, Dr. Wesson was the principal research officer of the University, reporting directly to the President. Before VSU, Dr. Wesson served in a variety of C-Suite, academic, administrative, and faculty positions at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, South Carolina State University, and Florida A&M University (FAMU). These positions include serving as Vice President for Research at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Dr. Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence of Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Vice President of Research, Economic Development, and Public Service at South Carolina State University.
Dr. Laura Joseph
Director, MSM/AUCC Student Health
and Wellness Center
Laura Joseph, MD joined the faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine in May 2018 and assumed her current role as Director of the Student Health and Wellness Center in August 2020. Dr. Joseph completed her undergraduate coursework at Cornell University. She received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 2008 and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY in 2011. Following pediatric residency, she completed an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2015. Dr. Joseph is Board Certified in Adolescent Medicine and General Pediatrics. Her interests include college and reproductive health, with a focus on long-acting reversible contraception (LARC).
Dr. Darryl Holloman
Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Darryl B. Holloman serves as vice president for student affairs at Spelman College. Previously, he served as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Georgia State University. He also worked as the assistant vice president for student life at Columbus State University. He also worked as the associate dean/ director of the Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers University-Newark Campus. Dr. Holloman has served on the faculty at Rutgers University-Newark, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Columbus State University, Georgia State University and Spelman College. His research examines the ways that educational settings are shaped by individual’s cultural identities and distinctions.
Dr. Said Sewell
Director, Office of Academics, Research,
and Student Success
Atlanta University Center Consortium
Dr. Said Sewell prides leadership to the Consortium’s premier collaborative programs, including the Dual Degree Engineering and Career Services. In addition, Sewell will assist in expanding collaboration with member and partner institutions, including exploring and catalyzing cross-institutional programs and research. This involves undergraduate research; identifying and deploying models for student success, including financial empowerment and improved processes, including Title IX and cross-registration operations.
Kara Garretson, MPH
Infection Control Response Senior Epidemiologist
Morehouse School of Medicine/ Atlanta University Center Consortium
Kara Garretson is a strategic public health epidemiologist with more than 13 years’ experience in epidemiological investigations, research and evaluation, project management, and strategic planning. Currently, Kara serves as the Infectious Control Response Sr. Epidemiologist for Morehouse Healthcare (MHC) and the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC). In this role, she is charged with executing all infection control prevention initiatives.
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