Former U.S. health secretary to address public engagement in public health

Dr. David Mathews, president of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, will give the seventh annual Ned E. Baker Lecture in Public Health Friday (April 7).

"Engaging the Public in Public Health" will be Mathews' topic at 1 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, as is a reception immediately afterward.

Mathews is also chief executive officer and trustee of the Kettering Foundation, which works on strategies to strengthen democracy.

He held the Cabinet post during the Ford administration, from 1975-77. His appointment came during Mathews' tenure as president of the University of Alabama. He became president in 1969 and left the position in 1980. He also taught history for 15 years at Alabama, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history and classical Greek.

Holder of a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, Mathews is a board member of the Academy for Education Development, the National Civic League and Miles College. In addition, he is chair of the Council on Public Policy Education, a trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation and a member of the executive committee of Public Agenda.

An author of books on education and political theory, Mathews has also written extensively on such subjects as Southern history, public policy and international problem solving.

Sponsoring his Bowling Green address are the College of Health and Human Services, the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH), the Cove Charitable Trust of Boston, the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health and the Wood County Hospital Foundation.

NALBOH was founded by Ned Baker, a BGSU graduate who served on the Wood County Board of Health for 12 years, including two terms as president. The lecture named in his honor is simulcast to local health boards nationwide through the Internet, at Following his lecture, Mathews will answer questions emailed to
April 3, 2006