On Sept. 27, alumnus Kevin Frick, who graduated with a degree in health policy and administration in 1991 and was also a Schreyer Honors Scholar, served as keynote speaker for the master of health administration mentoring kickoff event.
Currently, Frick is vice dean for education and professor at Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He has served as a mentor with the Health and Human Development Alumni Mentoring Program since 2003.
At the event, Frick discussed his experience as a mentee, his approach to mentoring others, and the journey of success.
“For me, mentoring is not about fixing issues but being present, accepting when those I mentor have issues, and offering reassurance such as, I am here to listen—if and when you’re ready—I’ll offer some thoughts on how I might approach the situation,” he said.
Recently, Frick established the Kevin Frick Alumni Mentoring Program Endowment in Honor of Charles Yesalis III. Yesalis is a professor emeritus of health policy and administration, and the first person who served as a professional mentor to Frick.
The endowment is established in honor of Yesalis’ impact on Frick’s professional journey. It will support the costs related to running an outstanding program like the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Mentoring Program.
Frick truly believes in the power of mentoring. It is his hope that this endowment will enhance all aspects of the college’s existing mentoring programs.
“I mentor because I had amazing mentors, one of whom was Dr. Yesalis who believed in me. I judge my mentorship not by the amazing journeys of those I mentor, but by the willingness of those I mentor to carry on mentoring,” Frick added.
More than 1,700 alumni have volunteered their time in serving as a mentor to more than 1,900 students in the alumni mentoring program. Many students have returned to be mentors, reflecting the value of the program to both students and alumni, alike.
To learn more on how to get involved with the College of Health and Human Alumni Mentoring Program, visit hhd.psu.edu/alumni/get-involved.