New Endowed Professorships

Philadelphia, PA, January 31, 2018 — Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen has been named the inaugural Luddy Family President’s Distinguished Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Thomas M. Luddy, WG’76 and Janice Hotra Luddy, WG’77 generously endowed the Luddy Family President’s Distinguished Professorship for faculty appointments at the Wharton School with a gift of $3 million.

The appointment, announced by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Wharton Dean Geoff Garrett, will be effective January 1, 2018.

Professor Tchetgen Tchetgen comes to the University of Pennsylvania from Harvard University, where he has served since 2008 as Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiologic Methods with joint appointments in the departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He researches infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, and the role of genetic and social factors in the patterns, causes, and effects of public health. Professor Tchetgen Tchetgen has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

“Professor Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen is a leader in his field, with a distinguished record of engagement in public service,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “I am profoundly thankful for Tom and Janice Luddy and their gift to establish the Luddy Family President’s Distinguished Professorship. It has allowed us to recruit an eminent faculty member in Professor Tchetgen Tchetgen to do important work across disciplines. His innovative research and teaching will tackle pressing challenges in public health and advance Penn’s commitment to put knowledge in service to the world.”

“I am delighted to welcome Professor Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen to Wharton and immensely grateful to Tom and Janice for making this stellar appointment possible,” said Wharton Dean Geoff Garrett. “With Wharton’s newly expanded focus on data analytics, this is the ideal time for Professor Tchetgen Tchetgen’s biostatistical research to empower effective decision making on public health for the benefit of society.”

Tom Luddy said, “Janice and I were thrilled to make this gift in support of Wharton’s outstanding faculty, and even happier to know that Professor Tchetgen Tchetgen will make such important contributions to improve public health through data analytics.”

Mr. Luddy has worked for 41 years at J.P.Morgan Chase & Co., holding numerous key positions in the firm, including managing director, J.P.Morgan Asset Management; global head of equity; head of equity research; and chief investment officer. Mr. and Mrs. Luddy are Wharton parents and have generously supported The Wharton Fund for four decades.

Philadelphia, PA, January 30, 2018 — Penn President Amy Gutmann and Wharton Dean Geoff Garrett are pleased to announce the appointment of Ingrid Nembhard as the inaugural Fishman Family President’s Distinguished Associate Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, effective January 1, 2018.

The Fishman Family President’s Distinguished Professorship was endowed by Mrs. Randy Chapman Fishman and her late husband Mr. Jay S. Fishman, W’74, WG’74 with a generous gift.

Professor Nembhard will join the Wharton School from Yale University, where she served as the Ira V. Hiscock Associate Professor of Public Health and Associate Professor of Management, as well as Associate Director of the Health Care Management Program and Director of the Yale Training Program in Health Services Research. She specializes in quality improvement in the health care delivery process, organizational learning and behavior, and innovation implementation and management. Professor Nembhard is the recipient of funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the primary federal agency with responsibility to improve the U.S. health care system.

“I am thrilled to welcome Ingrid Nembhard to Penn as the Fishman Family President’s Distinguished Associate Professor, where her esteemed interdisciplinary work will enhance Penn’s thriving culture of integrating knowledge across disciplines to advance knowledge for good,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Jay Fishman was a visionary leader at Penn, and the professorship he and Randy created will have lasting impact on our campus and in the world.”

“I am deeply grateful to the Fishman family for generously establishing this professorship,” said Wharton Dean Geoff Garrett. “Professor Nembhard is an exceptional scholar whose research connects health care and business to drive outcomes that make a real difference. I am thrilled to welcome her to Wharton.”

Randy Fishman said, “Jay and I were delighted to make this gift to Penn and Wharton. I am happy that the caliber of Penn’s stellar faculty will rise to even greater heights through this gift. Professor Nembhard’s expertise in health care touches all of our society, and she will surely spark new collaboration between Penn schools to create life-enhancing knowledge.”

Prior to his passing, Jay S. Fishman was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Travelers Companies. Mr. Fishman served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, the School of Veterinary Medicine Overseers, and the Graduate School of Education Overseers. In 2016, Mr. and Mrs. Fishman established the Randy and Jay Fishman Program for Home Assisted Ventilation at Penn Medicine. Prior to this, they endowed funds to support undergraduate financial aid at the Wharton School, and have also supported doctoral fellowships at the School of Arts and Sciences, internship programs, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and Penn Football. Mrs. Fishman is a proud Penn and Wharton parent.

President’s Distinguished Professorships enable the University of Pennsylvania to recruit and retain eminent faculty members with research and teaching expertise in areas identified by the president as high priorities for the Penn Compact 2020.

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