Institutional Advancement

Marc A. Nivet, Ed.D., MBA

Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Marc Nivet, Ed.D., M.B.A.

Marc A. Nivet, Ed.D., MBA, is the Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he provides strategic vision and oversight in coordinating the areas of Development; Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs; Government Affairs; Community and Corporate Relations; and Technology Development. Prior to his role at UT Southwestern, Dr. Nivet served as a member of the executive leadership team of the Association of American Medical Colleges, where he provided leadership on issues surrounding community engagement, diversity, and health equity at medical schools and teaching hospitals across the United States and Canada. Dr. Nivet has spent over 20 years in academic medicine developing creative program initiatives and innovative approaches to advance the mission of excellence in research, education, and patient care. Dr. Nivet earned his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from George Washington University’s School of Business. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a former president of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators.


Amanda Billings

Vice President for Development

Amanda Billings

Amanda Billings was named Vice President for Development in November 2014. She leads UT Southwestern Medical Center’s philanthropic strategies, which allow the Medical Center to continue to conduct world-class research, educate tomorrow’s health care leaders, and deliver quality patient care. Previously, Ms. Billings was Interim Vice President for Development and Director of Development Communications at UT Southwestern, where she was highly involved in the Building the Future of Medicine campaign to support the construction of William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. Before joining UT Southwestern in 2010, Ms. Billings spent 13 years leading communication and marketing efforts for the American Red Cross, both regionally and nationally. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and has done graduate work in English literature at the University of North Texas.


Cheyenne Currall, Ph.D.

Vice President and Executive Advisor for Global Advancement

Cheyenne Currall, Ph.D.

Cheyenne Currall, Ph.D., an international business development executive, joined UT Southwestern Medical Center in September 2017 as Vice President and Executive Advisor for Global Advancement. She develops strategic partnerships with health care organizations, educational and research institutions, investors, and philanthropic individuals and foundations globally and works to position UT Southwestern as a foremost destination for health care services and innovations and medical research. Dr. Currall has nearly 30 years of international development, fundraising, management consulting, and senior-level executive experience across the United States, Asia, and Europe in health care, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, financial services, higher education, and professional services. She holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science degree in global business strategy and organizational behaviors – both from Cornell University – and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Liaoning University in China. She is certified by both Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government as an international business mediator.


Ruben E. Esquivel

Vice President for Community and Corporate Relations

Ruben E. Esquivel

Vice President for Community and Corporate Relations of UT Southwestern Medical Center since 1995, Ruben E. Esquivel began his career as an assembler with AVO International Inc. While working, he attended college at night to earn a degree in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His work at AVO culminated in being named President and CEO of the company in 1985 and Vice Chairman in 1994. Mr. Esquivel currently serves on the Board of Directors of Atmos Energy Corp. and is a member of the North Texas District Export Council. He also serves on many local boards, including the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation, Dallas County Community College District Foundation, Dallas Zoological Society, State Fair of Texas, Stemmons Corridor Business Association, Trinity Commons Foundation, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.


Frank Grassler, J.D.

Vice President for Technology Development

Frank Grassler

Frank Grassler, J.D., joined UT Southwestern Medical Center as Vice President for Technology Development in December 2012. With more than three decades of professional, commercialization, and intellectual property experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, he leads the Medical Center’s efforts to promote the commercial development of faculty discoveries that ultimately benefit patients. Mr. Grassler came to UT Southwestern after consulting at Genentech Inc., a leading biotechnology firm. From 2008 to 2011, he served as Vice President for Intellectual Property at Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company. Also, he spent 12 years as Vice President of U.S. Intellectual Property for GlaxoSmithKline, a global health care company. Early in his career, he was in private practice as an attorney and worked in patent law for Merck and Co. Inc., as well as G.D. Searle and Co. Mr. Grassler has degrees in pharmacy and law from the University of Colorado and did additional coursework in mechanical engineering, materials science, and immunology at the University of Colorado, Denver.


Angelica Marin Hill, MBA

Vice President for Government Affairs and Policy

Angelica Marin Hill

Angelica Marin Hill became Vice President for Government Affairs and Policy in March 2014. Focusing on analytical approaches to legislative issues and strategic communications, her office is responsible for state and federal appropriations that are crucial to UT Southwestern Medical Center’s advancement as a world-class research institution. Previously, Ms. Hill was Assistant Vice President for Legislative Budget and Policy at UT Southwestern, where for seven years she was involved in government relations, strategic planning, and legislative analysis. From 2001 to 2004, she served as a senior analyst for the Texas Senate Finance Committee, overseeing appropriations for higher education and health and human services agencies, among others, accounting for more than 70 percent of a $117 billion state budget. She has also worked in private industry, focusing on state and federal policy in health insurance reform. Ms. Hill has an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.