Project HOPE names health official its president and CEO

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Project HOPE, an international health care organization based in the Shenandoah Valley, has named Dr. Thomas Kenyon, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official, its president and CEO, effective Oct 1.

Dr. Thomas Kenyon has worked for the CDC for more than two decades and currently is director of the organization’s Center for Global Health.

Kenyon succeeds Dr. John P. Howe III, who led Millwood-based Project HOPE for 14 years until his retirement in March.

According to a news release, Kenyon was a key member of the U.S. government team that coordinated the White House’s mobilization against Ebola and is a veteran of the worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS.

Kenyon was the principal deputy global AIDS coordinator and chief medical officer for PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) at the U.S. Department of State.

He also served as a director for Project HOPE in Swaziland from 1987 to 1992 and as a consultant pediatrician for a HOPE program in Grenada for two years in the mid-1980s.

Kenyon earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Indiana University and a master’s degree in public health with a focus on international health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Project HOPE conducts medical training and health education in more than 30 countries.

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