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CHICAGO, January 2, 2002—William L. Roper, M.D., dean of the School of Public Health, professor of Health Policy and Administration, and professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been selected as an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Honorary Fellowship is a special category of ACHE membership. It recognizes distinguished leaders who are not eligible to join ACHE but whose accomplishments have had a beneficial influence on the profession of health services management and/or some aspect of public health. Roper will receive his Honorary Fellowship on March 17, 2002, at the Convocation Ceremony during ACHE's 45th Congress on Healthcare Management in Chicago.

Roper joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997 as dean of the School of Public Health, professor of Health Policy and Administration, and professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine.

Prior to this, he served as senior vice president for Prudential HealthCare in Roseland, N.J., and president of the Prudential Center for Health Care Research in Atlanta. Roper has also served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, director of the White House Office of Policy Development, administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, and special assistant to the President for Health Policy.

Roper is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and serves on the IOM governing council. He chaired the committee that produced the "Envisioning National Health Care Quality Report" in 2001. Roper also serves as chairman of the board of Partnership for Prevention, a national not-for-profit membership association dedicated to preventing disease and promoting health, and as vice chair and director of the National Quality Forum. He serves on the boards of the UNC Health Care System and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and is a past president of the Association for Health Services Research. In addition, Roper is a senior policy advisor to Tommy Thompson, secretary of Health and Human Services.

Roper is the author of numerous articles and has received several awards for his service to the healthcare field. He received the President's Award from the Association for Health Services Research in 1989, the Award of Excellence from the National Association of Health Data Organizations in 1991, and several medals from the U.S. Public Health Service, including the Exemplary Service Medal in 1992 and the Surgeon General's Medallion in 1993.

Roper received his master's degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his doctor of medicine degree and bachelor of science degree from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

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