Gift to establish professorship in public health preparedness


A $100,000 donation from a Texas educator will lead to establishment of the A. David Mangelsdorff, Ph.D., Professorship in Public Health Preparedness and Biomedical Research at the Health Science Center.

The Health Science Center is the home of the Texas State Guard Medical Reserve Corps contingent known as the Texas Medical Rangers. The Health Science Center was the first campus selected by Gov. Rick Perry to host a Medical Rangers unit.

Dr. Mangelsdorff, a professor and psychologist who lectures on research methods in health care, international health issues, telecommunication and other topics at the Army – Baylor University Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration, is a Fulbright Scholar, and a graduate of Dartmouth College, the University of Delaware, St. Mary’s University and the UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health.

Dr. Mangelsdorff established a $100,000 charitable remainder unitrust that will eventually set up the professorship as a permanent endowment. Funds distributed from the endowment will be used to support the professorship honoree, whose research and teaching support multidisciplinary work advancing public health preparedness, homeland defense and/or related biomedical research. The Mangelsdorff Professor will be selected at the discretion of the dean of the Health Science Center Medical School.

Dr. Mangelsdorff is collaborating with Charles R. Bauer, M.D., professor and director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Biomedical Research at the Health Science Center, to organize a continuing education program to be offered April 3-6 at the Health Science Center. It will focus on mental health consequences of disasters from Oklahoma City to Hurricane Katrina. Registration and program details are at

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