Aug. 10, 2009 — Dr. James C. Turner, executive director of the University of Virginia's Department of Student Health, will serve as president of the American College Health Association for the upcoming academic year.
"I am excited about the perspective and insights that Jim will bring to us while at the helm, and we are indeed fortunate that he will be leading us through these uncertain times of financial challenges, national health reform and novel influenza H1N1 threat looming ever closer this fall and beyond," said Doyle E. Randol, the association's executive director.
Randol also cited Turner's leadership on key college health issues such as immunizations, pandemic preparedness, alcohol use/abuse, and social norms marketing.
Turner, who also serves as executive director of the National Social Norms Institute and is a professor of internal medicine, will provide leadership in both governance and strategic direction as the association's top elected officer for the coming year.
Prior to being installed as president May 29 at the organization's annual meeting in San Francisco, he served as a board member, vice president and president-elect. He chaired the association's Vaccine Preventable Diseases Committee for eight years, and currently serves as the college health liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Through this work Turner has contributed to the development of national guidelines for the use of meningococcal meningitis and human papillomavirus vaccines.
Founded in 1920, the American College Health Association is the primary professional organization for the field of college health. Members include nearly 3,000 individual college health care professionals representing more than 900 institutions across the nation.
Turner attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergraduate and medical school, earning an M.D. in 1976. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia in 1979.