The Edens Professorship in Global Health

The Edens Professorship in Global Health


Wesley R. Edens and his wife, Lynn, established a $2 million endowed professorship in 2011 at Macalester College, a private, liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minnesota. The endowment will be known as the Edens Professorship in Global Health. The Edens chose Macalester due to the college’s curriculum that infuses traditional liberal arts education that focuses on addressing global challenges.

Appointment to Professorship

In the fall of 2012, Eric D. Carter was given the Edens Professorship in Global Health appointment. Dr. Carter is a medical geographer whose research focuses on people-environment and historical geography. His focus is on Latin America, publishing works that include research on borders and political identity in Misiones province, Argentina, as well as a commemoration of Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Rosario, Argentina. His works also include an article on DDT and Malaria eradication in Argentina during the 1940s. Dr. Carter was given the professorship after an almost year-long search to fill the position.

About the Professorship

The endowed professorship was part of Macalester’s growth in community and global health studies, and goes well with their international development and environmental studies curriculum. It is the eighth professorship created through the college’s Step Forward campaign, which raised more than $20 million in faculty support. Macalester’s Educational Policy and Governance committee helped provide the basis for the professorship, which accepts proposals for such positions that build on the strengths of the college, fill gaps in curriculum and provide innovation through links to the college mission. Faculty proposed a need for a colleague who would specialize in global health, something that is important to the Edens. Dr. Carter obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley; his Master of Science and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Research Fund

In addition to the professorship, the Edens also setup a research fun at Macalester. Through the research fund, six students will be have the opportunity over the summer months to conduct research relating to health and society with professors at the college. This allows students to not only benefit from the presence of professors on campus and the coursework necessary as part of the curriculum, but added opportunities to perform research related to global health.

The Edens

Wesley Edens, who is the co-founder and Co-Chairman of the Board of Fortress Investment Group LLC, also supports medical causes through the Chinook Charitable Trust, which he founded. Lynn Edens is the owner of Little Creek Farm LLC, and supports global health and equity initiatives through her own trust, Hoof Beat Charitable Trust. The couple also provides support to Partners in Health.

Macalister College

Founded in 1874, Macalester College has a full-time enrollment of almost 2,000 students and is nationally recognized for commitment to academic excellence, internationalism and civic engagement. The college has a strong multiculturalism focus as a national liberal arts school.

Wesley and Lynn Edens were and continue to be thrilled to fund an initiative like the endowed professorship at Macalester, as they are very interested in the subject of global health. The couple sees a need for higher education to guide students into addressing the challenges faced globally in regard to health topics.


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