Presidential Awards for Excellence
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- Community Outreach – Department
of Public Health Sciences, Baylor College of Dentistry. The department
improves the health and well-being of thousands of underserved children and
adults in North Texas through excellence in education and oral health care delivery.
The award recognizes those who exemplify the mission and vision of the TAMHSC
and contribute to the health and well being of underserved and/or rural
populations or communities.
- Health Care Services and Delivery – Psychiatry
and Behavioral Health, Texas A&M Physicians. These skilled and
compassionate mental health providers are the principal faculty supporting
medical school teaching in psychiatry in Bryan-College Station and the
foundation of the community’s mental health infrastructure. The award acknowledges
exceptional commitment and innovation to the provision of health care over
- Research – Marcia Ory, Ph.D., M.P.H., Regents
Professor of social and behavioral health, School of Rural Public Health. An
international leader in healthy aging, community-based prevention and wellness,
Dr. Ory has authored or co-authored more than 200 journal articles and book
chapters, generated more than $1 million annually in expenditures for research
and service, and more. The award honors significant contributions that enhance,
facilitate or accelerate the TAMHSC research enterprise.
- Institutional Advancement – Albert and Margaret
Alkek Foundation. One of the TAMHSC’s longest and most generous partners, the
foundation has provided significant and continuous support of the Institute of
Biosciences and Technology in Houston since its inception 25 years ago. The
award honors an individual or foundation demonstrating outstanding commitment
to the mission of the TAMHSC by providing significant support to one or more
areas within the institution.
- Education and Mentorship – Virginia Ann
Utterback, Ph.D., assistant professor, College of Nursing. Involved in
interprofessional education of medical and nursing students and instrumental in
developing clinical simulation center evaluations, Dr. Utterback exemplifies a
faculty member always searching for ways to improve education and who
contributes above and beyond to the TAMHSC and College of Nursing. The award
honors exceptional contribution and achievement as an educator or mentor and is
reflective of the breadth of educational and mentoring activities across the TAMHSC.
- Administrative Support – Norma Jones, College of
Medicine. With the college for more than 30 years, Jones is extraordinarily
knowledgeable and a critical resource for faculty and students. The award
acknowledges individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the TAMHSC
through their dedication, initiative, outstanding achievements, enthusiasm and
attitude in their work.