Cobetto Lecture Series: John E. Abraham, PhD.

John E. Abraham, PhDThis year’s Dr. Bernard Cobetto Lecture Series on Contemporary Ethical Issues at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will feature John E. Abraham, PhD, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, in the Ferguson Theater (Smith Hall). His talk, entitled “Madmen, Educrats, and Demagogues: Confessions of a Recovering Politician,” is part of the 225th anniversary celebration of the founding of the University of Pittsburgh.

Abraham is the author of “From the Ballpark to the Boardroom: Lessons for CEOs from a Little League Coach.” He combines his experience as a supervisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with his youth baseball coaching experience to provide applications for solving problems and eliminating roadblocks to peak employee performance.

For nearly 20 years, Abraham served as chief of the Exposure Investigations and Consultations Branch for the Centers for Disease Control/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. In addition to planning, directing, and evaluating the Agency’s exposure assessment program, he also oversaw the activities of 40 personnel that included research scientists, senior toxicologists, physicians, environmental health scientists, engineers, and public health professionals.

Currently chairman of the Cobb County (Georgia) School Board, which oversees more than 107,000 students, 14,000 employees, and a $1 billion budget, Abraham retired from public service in 2004. He earned his PhD in environmental health from the University of Iowa. He also earned a BA from the University of Denver, an MA from the University of Hartford, an MPH from Tulane University, and an MBA from Georgia State University. He holds or has held adjunct faculty appointments at Tulane, Georgia Tech, Emory, and the University of Texas San Antonio Medical School (Harlingen Campus).

The Cobetto Lecture Series focuses on contemporary ethical issues. Established in 2005, it is made possible by the support of Dr. Bernard Cobetto and his wife, Ellen. Dr. Cobetto is a 1945 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and a 1947 graduate of the University’s Schools of Medicine.

Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt-Greensburg offers 24 baccalaureate degree programs, including new majors in Education and Spanish, as well as 19 minors, and numerous relocation program options to the Pittsburgh campus. Fifteen percent of Pitt-Greensburg’s full-time faculty—the highest percentage of any University of Pittsburgh campus—have received the prestigious University-wide Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

 

 

Publication Date

Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 2:26pm

Summary

This year’s Dr. Bernard Cobetto Lecture Series on Contemporary Ethical Issues at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will feature John E. Abraham, PhD, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, in the Ferguson Theater (Smith Hall). His talk, entitled “Madmen, Educrats, and Demagogues: Confessions of a Recovering Politician,” is part of the 225th anniversary celebration of the founding of the University of Pittsburgh. Abraham is the author of “From the Ballpark to the Boardroom: Lessons for CEOs from a Little League Coach.”