UPenn psychological services head dies by suicide
Added 09-10-19 06:13:02pm EST - “Gregory Eells, the head of counseling and psychological services at the University of Pennsylvania, apparently killed himself Monday morning, leaping to his death from the 17th floor of a building in Center City, Philadelphia. Eells,…” - Nydailynews.com
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Gregory Eells, the head of counseling and psychological services at the University of Pennsylvania, killed himself Monday morning, leaping to his death from the 17th floor of a building in Center City, Pa.
The well-regarded Eells, 52, had a long track record in the mental health field at various institutions and was considered an expert in resilience. He had been at UPenn just six months.
Medical Examiner’s Office spokesman James Garrow confirmed to multiple news outlets that Eells’ death had been ruled a suicide.
“With sadness, we write to share the news of the sudden death of Dr. Gregory Eells, Executive Director of Counseling and Psychological Services,” UPenn spokespeople Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, Vice Provost for University Life, and Benoit Dube, Chief Wellness Officer and Associate Vice Provost, said in a statement obtained by The Daily Pennsylvanian. “Dr. Eells died this morning in Philadelphia. We extend our condolences to Dr. Eells’ family.”
Before UPenn, Eells had served more than a decade in a similar role at Cornell University, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Eells had replaced Meeta Kumar as executive director of UPenn’s counseling center, The Inquirer said. Kumar had been filling in since the retirement of nine-year veteran Bill Alexander, The Daily Pennsylvanian noted.
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