Richard M Krasno, PhD

2013 Distinguished Service Award recipient

Tony Rand

As executive director of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust since 1999, Richard M. Krasno, PhD, has been instrumental in the awarding of grants to the University of North Carolina that have broadened and strengthened the educational enterprise.

His professional life has been devoted almost entirely to education and philanthropy.  A native of Chicago, Dr. Krasno received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Stanford University.

He is former president of the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, and former president and chief executive officer of the Institute of International Education in New York. He served as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and he has coordinated international educational activities for the Ford Foundation.

Dr. Krasno has held academic appointments at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of London, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where he was a senior Fulbright professor.

As a member of the board of directors of the UNC Health Care System from 2004 to 2012, including three years as chairman, Richard M. Krasno, Ph.D., championed improvements in patient care and safety and the preservation of valuable clinical training programs for young physicians. He  helped guide the system through “affiliations and partnerships, changes in the health care landscape and improvements in the services provided, all the while keeping a strong focus on our core mission,” says William L. Roper, M.D., Dean and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Chief Executive Officer of the UNC Health Care System.

Dr. Krasno’s leadership and his encouragement of collaboration between the School of Medicine at the UNC Health Care System resulted, Dr. Roper says, in “improvements in patient care and safety, especially related to the prevention of complications during and after a patient’s hospital stay.”  As a testament to the success of those efforts, UNC Hospitals last year was named one of the 65 Top Hospitals in the nation for patient care and safety by the Leapfrog Group, whose mission is “to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of health care.”  UNC Hospitals was the only hospital in North Carolina to make the Leapfrog list.

Dr. Krasno also helped nurture and strengthen partnerships that allowed UNC physicians to have broader clinical training opportunities. He led the UNC Health Care System’s efforts to continue a longstanding partnership between the UNC School of Medicine and WakeMed Health & Hospitals.  “Because of Dr. Krasno’s leadership, residents from the School of Medicine can gain valuable clinical experience in areas like emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, otolaryngology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, urology and surgery,” Dr. Roper says. “This preserves a crucial clinical partnership in the Triangle area for us.  “In all that he has done, he has helped to ensure that North Carolinians have access to high-quality health care and that the next generation of our state’s physicians has the tools and resources they need to be successful.”

Gary L. Park, president of UNC Health Care, lauds Dr. Krasno for his “dedication to the System, the School of Medicine and all who walk through our doors for care. His commitment to improving quality, strengthening partnerships and streamlining the way we provide care has made us a stronger System for the patients we serve.”

Dr. Krasno has been recognized by many for his service.  In 2006, a distinguished professorship was established in Dr. Krasno’s honor in the curriculum in Peace, War and Defense in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences.  The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in 2009 presented the William Richardson Davie Award to Dr. Krasno. The award honors individuals for their “extraordinary service to the university or society.”

In recognition of his dedication to the University of North Carolina and its School of Medicine, his wise leadership of the UNC Health Care System board and his influential advocacy for access to high quality health care for all North Carolinians, we are proud to present the Distinguished Service Award to Richard M. Krasno, Ph.D.