To be named the R. Randall Rollins Building — in honor of a Rollins Foundation trustee — the new facility will increase the number of classrooms and faculty offices at the school and will provide it with state-of-the-art conferencing and distance-learning space. Founded in 1990 and today boasting nearly twelve hundred students pursuing master's degrees and a hundred and eighty pursuing doctorate degrees, the Rollins School of Public Health ranks fifth among schools of public health in NIH research funding and is ranked seventh overall by U.S. News & World Report.
The foundation's previous gifts to the school have supported construction of its two other buildings — the Grace Crum Rollins Building, which opened in 1994, and the Claudia Nance Rollins Building, which opened in 2010. The foundation also supports programs at Emory's School of Medicine, as well as the Winship Cancer Institute and the Candler School of Theology, and it was instrumental in the construction of the O. Wayne Rollins Research Center, which opened in 1990.
"We are thrilled to be able to build upon our strategic investments in Emory," said Rollins Foundation executive director Amy Rollins Kreisler. "Construction of a third building dedicated to public health will enable the university to continue its upward trajectory as one of the world’s leading schools excelling in public health scholarship and research."
"The Rollins family continues to demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the health of global communities," said Emory University president Claire E. Sterk. "This new investment is a gift for the future that will have world-wide reach. It will propel the faculty, staff, and students of the Rollins School of Public Health to new levels of leadership and service for the greater good."