UMDNJ Welcomes New Member of Board of Trustees
Mary Sue Henifin, J.D., MPH Sworn in today
NEWARK — Mary Sue Henifin, J.D., MPH, an attorney with expertise in environmental and public health law, took the oath of office at today’s meeting. Robert Del Tufo, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, administered the oath of office.
Governor Jon S. Corzine appointed Henifin to the board.
“Ms. Henifin’s significant experience in the areas of public health, law, and academia make her a wonderful addition to the Board of Trustees,” said Del Tufo. “We look forward to working with her as we continue to further our reforms.”
In addition to her legal practice at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney focusing on litigation and environmental law, Henifin has served as adjunct faculty member of the UMNDJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Department of Environmental and Community Medicine. She developed the Public Health Law course for the school, for which she received the Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award.
Henifin has written extensively on public health. She is co-author of the New Jersey Brownfields Law and chapters on toxicology and medical testimony in the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, a standard work on how to present scientific evidence in court. She is also a member and former chair of the Lawyers Advisory Committee to the Federal District Court of the District of New Jersey.
A graduate, with honors, from Rutgers University School of Law, Henifin graduated from Harvard College, cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and she holds a M.P.H. in public health from Columbia University.
“I look forward to working with this board on behalf of the citizens of New Jersey and members of the University community,” said Henifin. “UMDNJ is a leader in research, education, clinical care and community service and I hope to contribute to the significant achievements made by the Board Trustees to strengthen and protect the institution.”
UMDNJ is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,500 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year, there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health and addiction services network.