From the President

Feb 17, 2017, 16:16 PM by User Not Found

Callender, David15
The Feb. 2 Town Hall covered a lot of ground regarding UTMB’s current state and plans for the future. Despite this being a challenging time for the state’s budget, our university is strong.

We met all but one of our Best Care goals for the first quarter of FY17, we are managing our finances well and our employee turnover rates are well below national benchmarks. We have in place or are developing strategic plans for our clinical, research and education enterprises that support The Road Ahead and the long-term success of our mission.

We must keep up the good work, but the good work so far has provided us an excellent foundation. You can view the Town Hall video at And please plan to attend/view one or more of the Mondays in March sessions, beginning March 6.

The Town Hall also officially kicked off the Employee Campaign for our Innovations in Mind fundraising initiative. Employee contributions not only will provide vital support to the initiative’s priorities—Health Education Center, neurodegenerative disorders research, scholarships, and endowments to attract and retain top faculty—they will serve as a powerful testament to others considering a contribution to UTMB’s mission. You can learn more about the Employee Campaign in this issue.

Other stories highlighting our people:

  • A Day in the Life of Michelle Conley, student recruitment and event coordinator for School of Health Professions
  • A profile of Craig Kovacevich, associate vice president of Waiver Operations and Community Health Plans
  • First-hand accounts from employee heroes who worked wonders during the Jan. 4 John Sealy Hospital fire
  • Best Care in Action at the Angleton Danbury Campus
  • UTMB’s $10 million grant from the CDC to help fight diseases caused by Zika, West Nile and others
  • UTMB’s leadership role in creating the UT System Virtual Health Network
  • This year’s MLK award luncheon, which honored four employees and students
  • Top 10 ways to show respect in the workplace (by the UTMB Professionalism Committee)Other accomplishments and kudos in the Working Wonders column and throughout the newsletter

Please contact the Impact team if you have ideas for future stories or have a UTMB Wonder to share. Thank you!!

Dr. David L. Callender
UTMB President