Office of the President

A message from the president:

  • From Executive Leadership: George Gaddie appointed Vice President and Chief Information Officer

    September 9, 2021, 10:54 AM by Jessica Wyble

    I am very pleased to announce that, after our completion of a national search, George Gaddie has been named Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer, effective immediately. George had been serving in the role on an interim basis since February.

    In addition to prior leadership positions in corporate IT, George has a combined 17 years of service with UTMB, including his role as Associate Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Officer prior to assuming the interim VP/CIO role earlier this year.

    image of George Gaddie in suit

    He has extensive experience in clinical information systems and in leading large teams to ensure quality service and a reliable IT infrastructure that is so essential to our mission. A collaborative leader, George and his staff have been involved in such major initiatives as our transition to electronic medical records and our efforts to expand access to Best Care. Since early 2020, he and the entire Information Services department have been instrumental to the success of our ongoing pandemic response.

    George earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sam Houston State University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Houston Baptist University. He is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer, a Fellow of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Information Resources Leadership Institute, and a member of the Health Information and Management Systems Society and the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

    I want to thank the members of the search committee—chaired by Dr. Tim Harlin, Executive Vice President and Health System CEO, and Cheryl Sadro, Executive Vice President and Chief Business and Finance Officer—for their work to choose the best candidate among a strong pool of applicants.

    Please join me in congratulating George Gaddie and welcoming him to his new role.


    Thank you!


    Ben G. Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP

    President ad interim

  • From Executive Leadership: New Leave Program in Development

    July 13, 2021, 00:00 AM by Stephen Hadley

    Ahead of the presentation at tomorrow’s Virtual Town Hall, we wanted to let all UTMB employees know about a new paid time off (PTO) program being developed to modernize how we manage vacation, personal and sick leave.

    Within the next year, UTMB will be joining other UT System entities that have already transitioned, or are planning a transition, from the existing state-sponsored vacation and sick leave plan to a PTO program for all benefits-eligible faculty and staff. 

    UTMB’s plan, called myPTO, will have four main components:

    • Paid time off (PTO) – A bank of hours that may be used for vacation, personal or family illness/injury, and personal leave; all vacation leave hours previously earned under the state-sponsored plan will transfer to PTO.
    • Extended illness bank (EIB) – Income protection for personal or family illness/injury that lasts longer than 16 hours; all sick leave hours previously earned under the state-sponsored plan will transfer to EIB.
    • Reduced paid leave (RPL) – A new benefit funded by UTMB that offers expanded income protection for extended periods of illness/injury and parental leave.
    • Official holidays – Paid time off in observance of authorized national and state holidays.

    The myPTO program will offer a number of advantages for employees and the institution, such as: 

    • More flexibility and privacy in how employees use their leave balances
    • Reduction of UTMB’s significant financial liability related to vacation accruals
    • Ability to transfer existing leave balances to the new program
    • Encouraging employees to use their earned time off to focus on themselves and their families, promoting a culture of wellness
    • The new Reduced Paid Leave program, which will expand income protection for times when employees exhaust their leave accruals but require more time off related to health needs or parental leave 

    We began planning for this new program almost a year ago with a team representing faculty and staff in the Health System, Academic Enterprise and Institutional Support. Through regular meetings, this group studied plan designs and made recommendations that form the foundation of the myPTO plan. After the design phase, we conducted several focus groups across all mission areas to help determine how the initial design could be improved. The focus groups’ valuable input is being considered as we make decisions about final details of the program.

    Our next steps are to finalize those details, along with our implementation and communications plans. Our communications will include information sessions, robust online resources, training, and tools for departments well in advance of the official rollout. 

    To watch a recording of the July 14 Virtual Town Hall, visit You can also check the myPTO website regularly for updates. We look forward to sharing more about the myPTO program once all details are finalized later this year.

    Thank you.

    Ben G. Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP

    President ad interim


    Tim Harlin, DSc, MBA, FACHE

    Executive Vice President and CEO

    UTMB Health System


    Becky Korenek, MBA, MHA

    Executive Vice President for Business Development

    Chief Strategy Officer


    Charles P. Mouton, MD, MS, MBA

    Executive Vice President and Provost

    Dean, School of Medicine


    Cheryl A. Sadro, CPA, MSM

    Executive Vice President, Chief Business and Finance Officer

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