Dr. Rebecca Saavedra is Vice President for Strategic Management. In this role, she provides counsel and support to fellow members of the Executive Leadership team to develop, manage and implement UTMB's strategic plan. In addition, she also leads efforts to enhance accountability, assessment and performance studies, and initiates, leads and supports institutional performance improvement initiatives. She also oversees the institutional policy review process.
Dr. Saavedra, who holds a doctorate in higher education and educational leadership from the University of Houston, has worked in health sciences education for more than 25 years. She began her career at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston before joining the UTMB School of Allied Health Sciences in 1987. Since then she has played a key role in Student Affairs leadership on the UTMB campus.
She has served UTMB in a number of roles, including Director of Campus Life and as UTMB Student Ombudsman. In 2001 she was appointed Associate Vice President for Student Services, with responsibility for enrollment services, student wellness, student life and the Jamail Student Center. She has served as the co-chair of the UTMB Professionalism Committee since 2002 . She was instrumental in implementation of the UTMB Honor Pledge, the Hector P. Garcia Cultural Competence Essay Competition and the UTMB Professionalism Summit. In November 2007 she co-authored an article in Academic Medicine, "The Journey to Creating a Campus-Wide Culture of Professionalism." The article examines the impact of professionalism initiatives on UTMB's campus. She is a strong and enthusiastic advocate for health sciences education and for UTMB.