“It was the right decision,” said Dr. Glenda Price, ’61, reflecting on coming to Temple University’s College of Public Health. A statement echoed by Brian Lindberg, ‘80, both of whom were feted at this year’s Gallery of Success, which honors distinguished and accomplished Temple alumni.
Leader in academia and science
Price graduated from Temple with her bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science. After being employed as a professor by Temple, she then got her masters in educational media and doctorate in educational psychology. She held several high-level posts in academia starting with assistant dean at Temple’s College of Public Health (then College of Allied Health), moving to become a dean at the University of Connecticut and provost at Spelman College. In 1998, she became the first African American to become president of Marygrove College in Detroit.
“Temple University was the perfect environment for me to grow and develop as a professional. I was given the opportunity to learn as a student, to serve as a member of the hospital clinical laboratory staff, and to grow as a member of the faculty.”
Price is a regular speaker on clinical laboratory science, helping to shape policy. She contributed to The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act, passed in 1988, which includes federal regulatory standards that apply to clinical laboratory testing.
Creating policies to help older adults
After receiving his bachelor degree in social work from Temple and a master’s degree in management of human services, Brian Lindberg worked with the late Senator Arlen Specter on policy issues. “I’ve been able to secure resources for important programs to prevent elder abuse - those are very rewarding times.”
Lindberg began a nonprofit, The Consumer Coalition for Quality Health Care, after working with the aging committee in Washington and is currently serving as a public policy advisor for the Gerontological Society of America, the National Guardianship Association, and the Special Needs Alliance.
During his time on the House Select Committee and the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Lindberg helped rewrite Title VI of the Older Americans Act, which now provides employment programs for older Native Americans.