Celebrating exceptional leadership in public policy.

The Harris Dean’s Award is bestowed upon an exceptional leader for his or her lifetime contributions to public policy.

Exemplifying the mission of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, recipients of the Harris Dean’s Award have championed analytically rigorous, evidence-based approaches to policy and serve as an inspiration to the next generation of policy leaders and scholars working to address the world’s most important challenges.

2020 Harris Dean’s Award Recipient

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Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

Dr. Fauci was appointed director of NIAID in 1984 and has served under six presidents. He oversees an extensive portfolio of research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established and emerging infectious diseases, including COVID-19. He has been a presidential advisor on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues and was a principal architect of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives.

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For Dr. Fauci, COVID-19 Has Underscored Value of Humility in Public Policy

After a lifetime in medicine and public health, and a year trying to curb the worst health crisis the world has seen in a century, Anthony Fauci has some simple advice for policymakers: “Don’t guess.”