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Edward Penhoet Named Dean of School of Public Health

posted June10, 1998

Edward E. Penhoet, the 57-year-old former president and chief executive officer of Chiron Corp., will be the new dean of the School of Public Health beginning July 1.

Penhoet will be the first Berkeley public health dean tapped from industry.

“Ed Penhoet played a central role in the founding and development of Chiron, one of the best biotechnology companies in the country,” said Chancellor Berdahl. “His expertise and leadership will maximize the strengths of the School of Public Health and the campus.”

Penhoet co-founded Chiron in Emeryville in 1981 and was president and CEO until May 1, 1998.

Penhoet was a Berkeley assistant professor from 1971 to 1976 and an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry from 1976 to 1983. He resigned his tenured faculty position in 1983 to further build Chiron.

Since leaving his full-time faculty appointment at Berkeley, Penhoet has maintained close contact with the university, teaching an undergraduate biochemistry course almost every year and receiving the first Distinguished Faculty Award for the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology in 1991.

“I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to return to UC Berkeley as dean at Public Health,” said Penhoet. “I expect to build upon the school’s strong traditions of teaching, research and contributions to health while enhancing its role as a focal point for health sciences at UC Berkeley.”

Founded in 1943, Berkeley’s School of Public Health was the first such institution west of the Mississippi. It has become one of the world’s preeminent public health centers dedicated to the promotion and protection of human health and noted for excellence in teaching, research and service.

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