Communications

Office of the President


A message from the President ad interim:

  • A reminder about UTMB's Media Relations policy

    October 27, 2022, 08:56 AM by Stephen Hadley

    President ad Interim Dr. Charles P. Mouton

    Along with successfully meeting our mission objectives of caring for patients, educating future health care providers and conducting life-saving research, we recognize the importance for UTMB to communicate publicly through various media outlets. Now more than ever, it’s imperative that we share factual, science-based information with our community and to do so; however, it is vital that we coordinate our communications efforts with UTMB’s Office of Media Relations.

    One of the ways we communicate our work is through our researchers, providers, and educators conducting interviews with local, state, national, and international news media.  But it’s equally important that all UTMB faculty, staff, and students understand that UTMB does have a policy related to how media interviews are to be conducted. As a reminder, the UTMB Media Relations policy—defined by Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures Policy 02.09.01—stipulates, in part: 

    “Faculty, staff, and students who are contacted by the media must direct the inquirer to the UTMB Media Relations team. A UTMB Media Relations representative will follow up with the inquirer to obtain details regarding the context, scope, and timing of the request. The Media Relations team member will also determine the best spokesperson to comment or to be interviewed on a given topic. Requests for interviews will be respectfully declined by a member of the Media Relations team if the opportunity for media coverage is not in the best interest of UTMB. 

    “Staff, students, and faculty members who, in their official capacity at UTMB, author editorial works (OpEds, guest columns, Letters to the Editor) shall submit their work, in advance, to the Media Relations Office prior to submission.

    “While UTMB does not seek or intend to infringe upon an individual’s First Amendment rights, editorial comment developed as a representative of UTMB should reflect, promote, and align with UTMB’s mission. The Media Relations Office will collaborate with the author to ensure publication of such material in the appropriate news outlet.”

    If you are contacted by a member of the media as part of your official capacity at UTMB, please direct the inquiry to the UTMB Media Relations team via email at utmbnews@utmb.edu or by calling the Media Relations hotline at (409) 772-6397 before conducting an interview with a media representative.

    Thank you in advance for working together to ensure that the information we provide to our communities is accurate and balanced and supports our important mission work as we improve health in Texas and beyond.

    Sincerely yours,

    Charles P. Mouton, MD, MS, MBA
    President ad interim
    Executive Dean and Executive Provost
    Thomas N. and Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair

  • Dr. Charles P. Mouton announces two new ad interim leaders in the Academic Enterprise

    September 23, 2022, 15:38 PM by Melissa Harman

    President ad Interim Dr. Charles P. Mouton

    I am pleased to announce two new ad interim leaders in the Academic Enterprise.

    Deborah J. Jones, PhD, MSN, RN Deborah J. Jones, PhD, MSN, RN, has agreed to serve as Provost ad interim effective Sept. 22, 2022. Dr. Jones has provided outstanding leadership as Senior Vice President and Dean of our School of Nursing (SON), a role she will maintain as she accepts this new responsibility.

    Dr. Jones joined UTMB in December 2017 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing, where she spent nine years as an educator and academic leader. Her leadership roles included Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs, and Department Chair. She has also engaged in research focused on improving outcomes in acute and critically ill patients through evidence-based oral health practices and interprofessional education.

    Dr. Jones holds a PhD in Nursing with a concentration on Biobehavioral Clinical Research from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She also earned a Master of Science in Nursing in the Nurse Executive track from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing is from Radford University in Radford, Va.

    Dr. Jones is holder of the Rebecca Sealy Distinguished Centennial Chair. She was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has been a Fellow of the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

    Dr. Jones has a wide range of experience as a clinician, researcher, educator, and leader, and I appreciate her strong commitment to faculty and student success. I am confident she will be an exceptional leader for our Academic Enterprise. Please help me welcome her as Provost ad interim.

    Jeffrey L. Susman, MD Jeffrey L. Susman, MD, has accepted the role of Dean ad interim, John Sealy School of Medicine (JSSOM) effective Sept. 22, 2022. Dr. Susman joined UTMB as Senior Associate Dean for Educational Improvement in JSSOM in February 2022 and has an impressive history of leadership in academic medicine.

    Dr. Susman began his medical career as a rural clinician in Wahoo, Nebraska. He then joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where he became Vice Chair of Family Medicine, Associate Dean for Primary Care and Faculty Development, and led UNMC’s primary care clinician group. In 2000, he became Chair of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He was a board member of the health system, chair of the physicians’ organization, and secretary of the physician-hospital organization. He was an ACE Fellow at the University of Colorado.

    Dr. Susman became Dean at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) College of Medicine in 2010. During his tenure, he oversaw the development of multiple new research and educational facilities while more than doubling NEOMED’s NIH funding. He established a campus in Cleveland in collaboration with Cleveland State University devoted to the recruitment and success of underrepresented minorities. As Chair of the Council of Deans, he oversaw a new health and wellness center, development of a medical practice, the simulation center, and interactions across the state. He also chaired the Ohio Council of Medical Deans.

    Dr. Susman’s wealth of experience and knowledge will serve him well as Dean ad interim, and I know the JSSOM will be in excellent hands with his leadership. Please join me in welcoming him to this new role.

    Sincerely yours,

    Charles P. Mouton, MD, MS, MBA
    President ad interim
    Executive Dean and Executive Provost
    Thomas N. and Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair