The administrative and academic officers at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston are qualified in their respective positions and have the experience, competence, and capacity to lead the institution. The UT System Board of Regents selects the president of each institution after receiving recommendations of an Advisory Committee whose membership is defined by the Regentsí Rules and Regulations (1). The Chancellor of the UT System Board of Regents delegates to the president of each institution the responsibility for appointment and dismissal of all other administrative officers of each institution, including vice presidents and deans, with the approval of the Systemís Executive Vice Chancellor (2). UTMB defines administrators as Chief Academic Officer, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors of Centers, Directors of Institutes, and Directors of all other academic units (3). All administrative and academic officers at the University are selected by search committees formed for the purpose of finding the best candidates to fill a particular vacancy. Information about search committees is posted on the web site for the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (4). That Office reviews job postings to ensure minimum qualifications are bona fide occupational qualifications under federal guidelines.
The chair of the search committee is responsible for defining the selection criteria to be used to evaluate the qualifications of each applicant for the position. The benefits of using a search committee include multiple evaluations of applicants that provide greater opportunity for overall consistency of interpretation of credentials, employee participation in the hiring process, and more thorough screening of applicants.
David L. Callender, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., President. Dr. Callender comes to UTMB from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where he was Associate Vice Chancellor and CEO of the UCLA Hospital System. He is a 1984 graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Houston in 1995. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (1990) and the Certifying Commission on Medical Management (2003). Dr. Callender has served in both faculty and academic administration positions at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University HealthSystems Consortium, an alliance of 97 academic medical centers and 153 of affiliated hospitals representing nearly 90% of the nationís non-profit academic medical centers (5).
John D. Stobo, M.D., Immediate Past President. Dr. Stobo as served as UTMBís President since 1997. Prior to coming to UTMB he was the William Osler Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins and physician-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1996, Dr. Stobo received a mastership from the American College of Physicians for his distinguished contributions to internal medicine. His leadership roles in national organizations have included president of the American Association of Professors of Medicine, president of the American College of Rheumatology, chairman of the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicineís Board of Trustees Foundation. Since coming to UTMB, he was vice chair for the Committee on Medical Indigent Care in Texas, received Health Access Texasí Health Policy Award, and American College of Physician Executivesí 2005 Physician Executive Award for Lifetime Achievement (6).
Garland D. Anderson, M.D., Dean, School of Medicine. Dr. Anderson served as the Jennie Sealy Smith Distinguished Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and professor and chairman in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1989. He was appointed Dean of the School of Medicine in 2006. Dr. Anderson earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. He came to UTMB from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, where he served as the director of resident education, as well as division chief of Maternal and Fetal Medicine and professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (7).
Howard Brody, M.D., Ph.D., Director Institute for the Medical Humanities. Dr. Brody arrived at the Institute for the Medical Humanities in May 2006 to assume the position of Director. He was previously the University Distinguished Professor of Family Practice, Philosophy, and the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University, East Lansing. He served as Director of MSU's Center for Ethics and Humanities from 1985 to 2000. Dr. Brody received his M.D. degree from the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University in 1976, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy, also from Michigan State University, in 1977 (8).
Cary W. Cooper, Ph.D., Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Cooper, a native of Camden, Maine, received his A.B. degree from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) in 1961 and his Ph.D. in physiology from Rice University in 1965. After postdoctoral training in pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and the University of North Carolina (UNC) Medical School at Chapel Hill, he joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology at the UNC Medical School as an Instructor in 1968 and rose to the rank of Professor in 1977. In 1982, he came to UTMB as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology and served as Chairman until 1996. In 1994, he was asked to serve as Dean Ad Interim of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and was appointed Dean in 1996 (9).
Henry F. Epstein, M.D. Interim Director: Marine Biomedical Institute. Dr. Epstein came to UTMB in 2004 from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry. His M.D. is from Stanford University. He completed postgraduate work at the National Institutes of Health, Stanford University, Yale University, and as a National Genetics Foundation Fellow at the University of Cambridge, England (10).
Ralph Farr, Chief Information Officer. Mr. Farr was named UTMBís chief information officer in September 2006. Farr, who earned his computer science degree from UT Austin, oversees the information technology needs of the academic medical center. He has 17 years of experience in information technology, the last five of those in a senior leadership role with the universityís Department of Information Services. Before joining UTMB in 1989, Farr led development of information systems at Union Texas Petroleum in Houston. Earlier, he held IT positions with Systems Programming Resources and Brown & Root Inc., both in Houston (11).
Brett Kirkpatrick, Associate Vice President Academic Resources and Director of Libraries. Mr. Kirkpatrick has served as the Director of the Libraries since 1990 and as Associate Vice President for Academic Resources since September 2000. His responsibilities include leading the Moody Medical Library, the Learning Resources Center, the Office of Academic computing, classroom Services, and Printing and Graphic Services . He earned his M.L.S. from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to coming to UTMB, he was librarian at the New York Academy of Medicine and Assistant Health Sciences Librarian at the Health Sciences Library for the State University of New York at Buffalo (12).
Stanley M. Lemon, M.D., Director: Institute for Human Infections and Immunity. Dr. Lemon received his undergraduate degree in biochemical sciences from Princeton University summa cum laude, and his M.D. with honor from the University of Rochester. He completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is board certified in both. From 1977 to 1983, he served with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, followed by a 14-year period on the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He moved to UTMB in 1997, serving first as Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, then as dean of the School of Medicine from 1999 to 2004 before taking the position as director of the Institute (13).
Elizabeth Protas, PT, Ph.D., Dean ad interim, School of Allied Health Sciences. Elizabeth Protas was appointed interim dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston effective December 1, 2006. Protas, chairwoman of the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Allied Health Sciences, came to UTMB in 2002. She earned her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research interests include geriatrics, rehabilitation of adults with stroke, Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injury. She has received numerous honors and awards during her career, most recently the Herbert H. deVries Award for Distinguished Research in the Field of Aging (14).
Ben G. Raimer, M.D., Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Systems. Dr. Raimer has served as Vice President of Community Health Services (formerly Office of Community Outreach) since 1999. He worked as a community-based pediatrician in Galveston County from 1977 until 1993, when he joined UTMB as medical director for the Primary Care Outpatient Clinics. In 1997, the governor appointed him chair of the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council, which produces the State Health Plan. Raimer was also appointed chair of the Texas Correctional Managed Health Care Committee. He is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Preventive Medicine & Community Health (15).
Lawrence E. Revill, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Revill joined UTMB in 1991 as Chief Financial Officer of the Hospital. In 1993, his responsibilities were expanded to encompass all aspects of the clinical enterprise. He has responsibility for financial operations throughout the institution, and providing the operating areas with systems and information to aid in the financial decision making process. Prior to joining UTMB, Mr. Revill was a Senior Manager with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Dallas. At Arthur Andersen, he provided management consulting and financial services for over 50 health care clients, including academic medical centers, tertiary care hospitals, health maintenance organizations, and physician group practices (16).
Rebecca Saavedra, Ed.D., Associate Vice President for Student Services. Dr. Saavedra was appointed to this position in 2001, and previously served as Director of the UTMB Office of Campus Life. As Associate Vice President, she administers the Office of Enrollment Services, Student Wellness, Jamail Student Center, and Office of Student Life. She received her doctorate in Education with a specialization in Administration and Supervision Ė Higher Education from the University of Houston in 1994 and has worked for over 25 years in higher education and student affairs (17).
Karen Sexton, R.N., Ph.D. CHE, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Sexton joined UTMB as chief operating officer in January 2001, on the heels of a 25-year career at the University of Kentucky (UK) Hospital in Lexington, Ky. After serving as UTMBís COO for nearly four years, Sexton assumed her current position in September 2004. Dr. Sexton is a board member on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Hospital Association and Healthshares/THA and a member of the Committee on Quality and Patient Safety and Special Committee on Medicaid (18).
Kathy Shingleton, Ed.D., SPHR Vice President for Human Resources and Employee Services. Dr. Shingleton originally joined UTMB as the Director of Human Resources in 1987. She became the chief human resources officer in 1998. Prior to joining UTMB, she worked for the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Boehringer Mannheim Diagnostics, Inc. She earned her bachelorís degree in psychology at Texas A&M University and her masterís in business administration and doctorate in educational leadership and cultural studies at the University of Houston (19).
T. Samuel Shomaker, M.D., Dean of Austin Programs, UTMB School of Medicine. Dr. Shomaker was appointed as the first dean of the Austin programs in 2006. He had previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Acting Dean for the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, where he had also served as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for University Clinical, Education, and Research Associates. Dr. Shomaker earned a law degree from Georgetown University in 1979 and his medical degree from the University of Hawaii in 1986 (20).
Michael R. Shriner, AIA, Vice President for Facilities and Campus Services. Since 1993, Mr. Shriner has been responsible for the campus planning and construction at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In 2000, he was asked to assume oversight of maintenance, police, and safety functions as well. Mr. Shriner holds bachelor degrees in Architecture and Construction Management as well as a masterís degree in Business Administration and is a licensed architect. For five years he served as campus architect for the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he directed major facilities improvements for the clinical transplant programs and the Epply Cancer Institute (21).
Pamela G. Watson, R.N., Sc.D., Chief Academic Officer, Dean, School of Nursing. Dr. Pamela Watson earned a Diploma in Nursing from the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing. She subsequently received a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree from Boston University School of Nursing. In 1982, she was awarded a Doctor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling/Psychology from Boston University. Dr. Watson's past administrative experience includes the position of Chair of the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs for the College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University (22).