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UT System Offices

The University of Texas System Administration is organized within seven executive offices, each charged with overseeing specific policies and operations while supporting the Board of Regents and the Chancellor. The executive offices also interact daily with the nine academic and six health institutions, providing value-added services including a centralized construction and capital improvement program; legal counsel; and fundraising, strategic communications and governmental relations guidance and support.   


The Office of Academic Affairs

Executive Vice Chancellor: Pedro Reyes, Ph.D.
Academic Affairs Website

Academic Affairs works regularly with the presidents of the nine academic institutions, ensuring that the missions of the institutions are advanced and that appropriate plans and programs are developed and implemented. The responsibilities of the office include oversight of administrative and policy issues related to the general academic institutions and monitoring a wide range of issues related to higher education policies and practices. 

The Office of Health Affairs

Executive Vice Chancellor: Raymond S. Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Health Affairs Website  

The Office of Health Affairs works regularly with the presidents of the six health institutions. Of the six health institutions, four are health science centers which offer a wide range of degree programs and two are specialty tertiary hospitals with outpatient clinical services. All are engaged in medical research, education and patient care.

The Office of Business Affairs

Executive Vice Chancellor: Scott C. Kelley, Ed.D.
Business Affairs Website

The Office of Business Affairs works with business officers at the 15 institutions in setting and complying with policies and procedures for all business operations and management.

The Office of Business Affairs directs and coordinates the following offices: 

The Office of General Counsel

Vice Chancellor and General Counsel: Daniel H. Sharphorn, J.D.         
General Counsel Website 

The Office of General Counsel provides comprehensive legal services and professional expertise to and for System administration and the 15 UT institutions, and coordinates and manages litigation services provided by the Attorney General’s Office and outside counsel. It also serves as administrator of the UT System medical liability self-insurance plan and as ethics advisor for the System.

Additionally, the Office of General Counsel manages and oversees the following functions:

Office of Governmental Relations

Vice Chancellor and Chief Governmental Relations Officer: Barry R. McBee, J.D.
Governmental Relations Website

The Office of Governmental Relations monitors governmental affairs affecting higher education and interacts with state and local governments on behalf of the System and its institutions. In collaboration with other UT officials, as well as other higher education entities, the office works closely with legislators, legislative staff and state agencies on a wide variety of issues.

The Office of Governmental Relations directs and coordinates the following office

Office of External Relations

Vice Chancellor for External Relations:  Randa S. Safady, Ph.D.         
External Relations Website

The Office of External Relations assists the 15 UT institutions with fundraising programs and provides support for estate and trust administration, endowment review and management, and gift analysis and acceptance. The office coordinates all interactions with the media and the external community on behalf of the UT System and coordinates official functions and programs for the Chancellor and the UT System.

The office of External Relations directs and coordinates the following offices: 

The Office of Strategic Initiatives

Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives: Stephanie A. Bond Huie, Ph.D.
Strategic Initiatives Website

The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) monitors higher education issues at the UT System, state, and national levels for making recommendations on trends and best practices in higher education particularly as they relate to data-informed policy making and performance metrics.

OSI developed, implemented and updates UT System’s Productivity Dashboard which is built on the foundation of The UT System Framework for Excellence. It’s a web-based business intelligence system that provides analytics for measuring productivity and accountability such as student outcomes, research, faculty productivity, clinical care and efficiency.

The Explore More Visualizations online tool is also maintained by OSI for increasing transparency and measuring impact. This tool is iPad compatible, interactive and user-friendly.

For more information, visit the OSI website at http://www.utsystem.edu/offices/strategic-initiatives

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