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There are 26 comments on Boston University Names 11th President: Melissa L. Gilliam, Physician, Educator, Scholar

  1. “Hello, Chicago!”- (see November Election 2008)

    I’m weeping with joy!

    Welcome to Boston University Dr. Gilliam! I’m looking to our paths crossing and to chat about your work in gamification as it relates to Health Care.

  2. Also a hardy congratulations to interim President Freeman for his strong leadership during this transitional period.The BU community is grateful!

  3. Welcome to Boston University, Dr. Giilliam! An historic and joyful day for the whole community. Wishing you all the best as you transition into your new role.

  4. So exciting for the BU community. Looking forward to seeing what Dr. Gilliam does to increase transparency between admin and the student/body and faculty. Certainly “proud to BU” today.

  5. This is wonderful news for the BU community. Dr. Gilliam’s tremendous expertise and experiences in health, medicine, administration, global perspective and holistic view on education and health will bring new heights of excellence to BU’s research, pedagogy and collaborative engagements.
    Congratulations! —-Olivia Wang, alum and parent

  6. As a two-time graduate of BU, I couldn’t be more pleased. Dr. Gilliam’s qualifications, background and experience seem impeccable. Welcome to Boston University!

  7. Go, BU! Best of it in your new job. You’ll love the mystique of Comm Ave. with all your work, I hope you get to socialize.
    Boston is a great city. Enjoy it.

    Mike Maloni
    Comm 1994.

  8. Wow, what an amazing selection! Congratulations to BU and Dr. Gilliam- wishing you well! May her tenure bring forth great things for BU, City of Boston community, faculty, researchers, and students- past and present.

  9. Dear Future President Dr. Melissa L. Gilliam. Congratulations on being selected as president of our beloved Boston University. As a graduate of the School Of Theology, I am grateful for my fine education. I am also grateful for the lifelong friendships made at Boston and for the caring faculty. I believe Boston University will be in good hands with you at the helm. May you enjoy all that Boston University has to offer as its first female president. I wish you much success.

  10. Congratulations Doctor:

    I attended Boston University from 1971-1975. John Silber was the President during my last three years. He built up the Medical School with the Six Year Medical Program. I am still in touch with one of the Doctors who graduated from that program. He is practicing in Cambridge.

    Best of Luck with your newest appointment. My Boston University School of Education B.S. included a major in Humanistic and Behavioral Studies and minor in Instructional Television. I am returning to work after a long illness and coming to Boston often for the Quality of Care at Brigham and Woman’s and a Specialized Unit at BU School of Medicine.


    Congratulations and Continued Success

    143 Tedesco Street
    Marblehead, MA 01945

  11. What a wonderful surprise to read BU’s selection of Dr. Gilliam Grubman! Forward, BU! I agree with Dr. GIlliam, that it’s odd that being “the first” is still a thing, but so it is, and more “firsts” are happening. Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the ‘first’ Black female physician in the US (1864); she graduated from what became Boston U School of Medicine. I’ve had my ‘first’ stories.

    As a “double Terrier”–BU ’77 & BUSM ’81–I wish the new president much success, and further good to the BU campus at large.

    I remotely send her [and all others] word of health via the 2023 book, BLACK WOMEN’S WELLNESS: Your “I’ve Got This!” Guide to Health, Sex & Phenomenal Living: Available wherever books are sold! Amazon: https://a.co/d/iCwD6Qn; B&N: https://bit.ly/3fiktAx

    Also see:
    WGN-TV, Chicago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF-wZaLWZWw (one of many, of late).

    2023 AJC article: https://www.ajc.com/life/opinion-after-40-years-atlanta-ob-gyn-continues-to-serve-black-womens-health-needs/AQ7YLUN6O5BDTFNGU4P6VDTEPE/

    Hear the April CDC podcast here: https://www.cdcfoundation.org/conversations

    Podcast with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. I enter ~ 1:50 mark and throughout, discussing Dr. Crumpler & some of my BU/BUSM journey.): https://omny.fm/shows/coronavirus-fact-vs-fiction/honoring-a-forgotten-medical-pioneer

  12. Dr. Gilliam:

    So pleased to have you join the BU community. Watching and listening to your remarks at the announcement was very affirming of your understanding and appreciation of the contributions and opportunities that BU presents for our students and the larger Boston (and global) community.

    And endless gratitude to President Freeman for his ongoing thoughtful and impactful leadership during this transitional time.

  13. From 5333 South University to the President’s house at BU. Congrats from Chris I. and Michele Schiele (BS, ’89). Looking forward to great things!

  14. I’m not sure if there will be any inaugural ceremony or celebration event next year but I know that @SonsOfSerendip are available for it. ;-)

  15. Congratulations, Dr. Gilliam!

    My father, one of my brothers, and I all graduated from BU. You represent all of the values our family holds dear.

    Bless you and your mission,

    Helene Jervey Robinson, CLA ‘71

  16. Congratulations!
    O-H … I-O!
    Welcome to Boston! I can’t wait to meet you and continue with you in this excellent work!

    The Ohio State University ‘85’

  17. Congratulations and Best Wishes, Dr. Gilliam,
    As one of several female medical students from the 1961 BU 6yr CLA- MED program I can identify with your remarks about female “firsts”! In addition, what has been shared with alumni about your professional and family life indicates that my beloved medical school is fortunate to have you as the 11th BU president!

  18. My daughter just graduated from Boston University,Welcome Gilliam Doctor。

    If there is a chance, I want to go to Boston University to study for a period of time.

  19. From the DC/Chicago Slaughter family:

    CONGRATULATIONS Boston University PRESIDENT Dr. Melissa Gilliam! You are the PRIDE of your Washington, DC roots and BOSTON UNIVERSITY has RIGHTFULLY chosen a THOROUGHLY accomplished WINNER!

    We’re SO PROUD!!! Peace, love and joy to you, family, and your new Boston University family!!

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