Office of the Provost

Dr. Deborah J. Jones

Welcome to the University of Texas Medical Branch! It is my honor to serve UTMB's Academic Enterprise as Provost ad interim, as well as Senior Vice President and Dean of the UTMB School of Nursing.

UTMB is a world-class institution with the distinction of being the first academic medical center in Texas. For more than 130 years, we have trained health care professionals and biomedical scientists whose contributions have improved health here in Texas and beyond. Throughout this history, our institution has shown great resilience, growing and strengthening to overcome the challenges we have faced. Today, UTMB continues to lead in providing cutting edge and high-impact education, research, and clinical care.

The tremendous dedication of our leaders, faculty, and staff helps to define the success of UTMB’s high-caliber academic programs. We are committed to preparing trainees from across health science disciplines to fulfill critical needs in our work force, meeting the highest standards of care. In each of our five schools, students develop the knowledge, experience, and skills they need to embark upon fulfilling, impactful careers.

I am excited that UTMB is the academic home of such outstanding students, faculty, and staff, all of whom are united in our commitment to advance health care. It is my goal for your experience at UTMB to be meaningful for you and for all those whose lives you will touch throughout your career. I know you will achieve great things, and it is a privilege to support you along this journey.

Sincerely yours,

Deborah J. Jones, PhD, MSN, RN
Provost ad interim
Senior Vice President and Dean, UTMB School of Nursing
Rebecca Sealy Distinguished Centennial Chair


Dean ad interim named

Jeffrey L. Susman, MD, has been named Dean ad interim for John Sealy School of Medicine, effective Sept. 22. See the JSSOM educational leadership page for Dr. Susman's bio.

Our Mission:

The Provost oversees the entire Academic Enterprise, serving as an advocate for the interests of all our students, residents, and members of our faculty and staff.

The Provost’s Office works to ensure continued excellence in the areas of education, research, and patient care. We are fully committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty, staff, and students. We recognize that diverse teams of individuals representing various backgrounds and perspectives are essential to advancing UTMB’s mission and vision. We are dedicated to creating a campus environment where all can belong. We are resolute in our commitment to provide the best available resources to help our Academic Enterprise flourish and fulfill our overall mission to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world.

The Provost provides leadership and support to all five schools at the University of Texas Medical Branch: School of Health Professions, John Sealy School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Public and Population Health, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.