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AASU's Leadership Institute Presents ACS Lecture on Cancer Control

Savannah, GA—The Leadership Institute at Armstrong Atlantic State University will present "Closing the Gap: Cancer Control in the 21st Century," a lecture by John R. Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society, as part of its distinguished speaker series on April 19. The event is sponsored by the Armstrong Atlantic College of Health Professions and supported by The Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health University Medical Center and St. Joseph's/Candler Institute for Regional Cancer Care. The lecture will begin at 5:30 P.M. in the AASU Fine Arts Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

"A major component of our efforts to fight cancer in Southeast Georgia is the important role of cancer prevention within our community," said Barry Eckert, dean of the College of Health Professions. "The university together with the healthcare systems, community organizations, and other institutions of higher learning in this area will play important roles in promoting cancer prevention for our citizens."

Seffrin is chief executive officer of the world's largest voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cancer—the American Cancer Society. A sought after speaker, Seffrin has spoken on public health issues throughout North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. He is the author of a number of scientific and professional articles and book chapters, and in 1996 was selected by the American Association for Health Education as its National Scholar—the association's highest honor.

Prior to being named the American Cancer Society's top executive in 1992, Seffrin was professor of health education and chairman of the department of applied health science at Indiana University. During his years in academia, he distinguished himself as a national and international leader in health education, disease prevention, and public health. Seffrin received recognition with high honors from two Indiana governors for his outstanding public service contributions. In 1994 he was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from his undergraduate alma mater, Ball State University.

AASU's Leadership Institute provides community-based leadership programs offering distinctive approaches to scholarship, education, training, and service. The programs are designed for the development of today's leaders within the public, private, and non-profit sectors throughout the Coastal Empire.

For more information about the Leadership Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series, contact Letty Shearer at 921.5967.


March 27, 2002


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