Carol Whittaker, MA, MPA receives the 2015 University at Albany Alumni Association Excellence Award in Community Service

Award recipient Ms Carol Whittaker with University President, Dr. Robert Jones, and members of the Albany-Tula Alliance Board of Directors.On Saturday, May 3, 2015, Ms. Carol Whittaker, MA, MPA, Assistant Dean for Global Public Health at the School of Public Health, University at Albany, was awarded the 2015 University at Albany Alumni Association Excellence Award in Community Service. The University Alumni Association Excellence Awards Recognize distinguished UAlbany alumni and friends for their outstanding achievements and service. Ms. Whittaker has worked for the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for over 40 years. For more than 20 of these years, she has also served as a leader and educator at the School of Public Health.

Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Whittaker has demonstrated her strong commitment to community service, both locally and internationally. She has served as a long-time board member of several local non-profit service organizations, including the International Center for the Capital Region (ICCR), Senior Services of Albany, and the Albany-Tula Sister City Alliance. In support of her role on these boards, Ms. Whittaker has welcomed and hosted hundreds of visitors and international guests at her home in historic downtown Albany. A true ambassador of our city, Ms. Whittaker has also served for many years as a Downtown Albany Historic Society volunteer guide offering walking tours of the city's historic neighborhoods and buildings.

Ms. Whittaker's interest in and commitment to community service extends well beyond our region. In her role as the Assistant Dean for Global Public Health, she worked closely with the Dean of the school, Dr. Philip Nasca, Ph.D., to establish the Center for Global Health in 2008. Dean Nasca describes Ms. Whittaker as one of the "most giving and generous individuals I have ever had the privilege to know" and that she demonstrates a "total commitment to supporting the growth of our students." As part of this support, she has worked to create academic and service learning opportunities for any and all UAlbany students interested in global health. She has done so by working to establish partnerships with public health institutions in more than 20 countries and by overseeing the launch in 2015 of the Graduate Certificate in Global Health Studies.

Ms. Whittaker also guided the establishment of the School's strategic partnership with the U.S. Peace Corps. In collaboration with the Peace Corps, the UAlbany School of Public Health introduced in 2009 the first Peace Corps Masters International (MI) Program within the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Through this program, UAlbany Master of Public Health (MPH) students are able to combine service as Peace Corps Public Health Volunteers with their graduate studies; giving them the unique opportunity to engage in meaningful and life-changing global public health fieldwork and service in developing countries.

Dean Nasca credits Ms. Whittaker as having played a key role in "instilling the value of service to others as a cornerstone of our school" and that she has done so by "leading by example both locally and through establishing the service-oriented global public health education and training programs around the world." He also credits Ms. Carol Whittaker for possessing a tireless energy and a willingness to go out of her way to help others, saying she "exemplifies the concept of service to others and to the community."