Rivera named vp for research administration

By Amanda Siegfried 

Dr. Suzanne Rivera, formerly associate vice president for research services at UT Southwestern, has been appointed to the new position of vice president for research administration.

In her new post, she will consolidate a variety of research support functions into a full-service organization with the aim of streamlining and improving service to all investigators and research personnel. Her office will be responsible for the Institutional Review Board, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Animal Resources Center, conflict of interest oversight, grants management and negotiation of clinical trial agreements.

Dr. Suzanne Rivera

In addition, Dr. Rivera will work closely with Dr. Charles Ginsburg, senior associate dean of UT Southwestern Medical School, and Dipti Ranganathan, assistant vice president for academic information services, to oversee ongoing efforts to implement new technologies for management of research review processes and clinical trial data.

“Sue Rivera is very well-prepared for these new responsibilities,” said Dr. Greg Fitz, executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of UT Southwestern Medical School. “She brings considerable expertise, skills and determination to the task of transforming the way we support and promote research at UT Southwestern.”

Those changes reflect a continued increase in demand for research-related support and result directly from specific suggestions made by several of President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky’s strategic initiative task forces and workgroups and from the six-year planning process.

“This consolidation of functions will give investigators a ‘one-stop shop’ for research support services, which should help free them up to do what they do best – science,” Dr. Rivera said. “In addition, by implementing new information management systems, we will increase administrative efficiency and dramatically improve the ways in which we can grow and support UT Southwestern’s research enterprise.”

Dr. Rivera earned a Ph.D. in public affairs from the UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. A Brown University graduate, she received a Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to arriving at UT Southwestern in 2003, Dr. Rivera worked at the University of California, Irvine, and in the San Francisco regional office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.