Research Universities Conference

A Discussion on the Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security


Chancellor Cigarroa

As a leader, you recognize that innovation keeps Texas and our nation strong. You also know that new ideas for curing illnesses, bolstering our economy, and safeguarding our citizens are most often born within the walls of our research universities.

As discussed in a report released by the National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Research Universities, we can best support our research universities if we strengthen the partnership that exists among these institutions, the federal and state governments, and philanthropy. Toward that end, the Committee has identified ten strategic actions that will help to:

  • Revitalize the partnership,
  • Strengthen institutions, and
  • Build talent.

Education and business leaders in Texas are addressing these objectives in unique ways. Please join me and an all-star cast of higher education and industry leaders to explore how to keep our research universities strong and viable.


10:00 a.m.

Preparing for the 21st Century

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Chancellor, The University of Texas System
Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D., President, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Former United States Senator, Texas
Chad Holliday, Chairman of the Board, Bank of America

Research universities in the United States are the envy of the world. This session will address some of the key findings in the report, Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security.

10:45 a.m.

Session I: Improving University Productivity

Moderated by Fred Heldenfels, Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Scott Kelley, Ed.D., Executive Vice Chancellor, Office for Business Affairs, The University of Texas System.
Steve Rohleder, Group Chief Executive, Health & Public Service, Accenture
Bill Hammond, President and CEO, Texas Association of Business (TAB)
Phillip Ray, Chief Business Development Office and Interim CFO, The Texas A&M University System

Panelists will discuss how institutions of higher learning in Texas are streamlining and improving the productivity of research universities.


Lunch Keynote:
Strengthening Partnerships with Business

David E. Daniel, Ph.D., President, The University of Texas at Dallas
Rich Templeton, Chairman, President and CEO, Texas Instruments

Sustained funding of scientific research has to be a priority if the United States is to maintain its leadership and competitiveness. Rich Templeton will discuss how Texas Instruments--the leader in the semi-conductor industry--managed to keep "research" in its R&D efforts (most companies focus primarily on development). The TI example may provide a model for industry leaders who want to collaborate when tackling challenges that no company or university can solve alone.

1:15 p.m.

Session II: Strategic Investment Programs

Moderated by Patricia Hurn, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Office of Health Affairs, The University of Texas System.

Representative Dan Branch*, Texas House of Representatives, District 108
Wayne Roberts, Interim Executive Director, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Laurie Rich, Special Advisor on Higher Education, Texas Emerging Technology Fund
George L. McLendon, Ph.D., Provost and Professor of Chemistry, Rice University

* Tentative, pending legislative session.

Panelists will explore the successful actions Texas universities are taking to strengthen the partnership among federal and state governments, philanthropy and research universities.

2:15 p.m.

Session III: Reforming Graduate Education

Speaker: Debra Stewart, Ph.D., President, Council of Graduate Schools

Graduate schools in the United States rank among the best in the world. The competition is tough, however, and retaining a leadership position will require strategic funding for programs that address national needs, along with a multi-industry commitment to support graduate education in the United States.

2:45 p.m.

Session IV: STEM Pathways and Diversity

Moderated by Denise M. Trauth, Ph.D., President, Texas State University

Bonnie J. Dunbar, Ph.D., Director, STEM Center, M. D. Anderson Professor, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Houston
Yolanda Flores Niemann, Ph.D., Professor & Senior Vice Provost, University of North Texas
Marc Christensen, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Lyle School of Engineering, Southern Methodist University

Panelists will explore how to increase the number of young people in the United States who want to attain the knowledge they will need to seek undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Chancellor, U.T. System

Driving Directions

UT Southwestern's T. Boone Pickens Building, 6001 Forest Park Road, is located between Inwood Road and Mockingbird Lane, and between Maple Avenue and Harry Hines Boulevard.

From Love Field – Exiting the airport and take a right on Mockingbird Ln. Take Mockingbird for 0.7 miles and turn left onto Forest Park Rd. The T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building will be on your right. Arrive at 6001 Forest Park Rd.

If driving from downtown - take Inwood Road east, move to the far left lane. The first light is Redfield; the second light is Forest Park Road. Turn north (left) at Forest Park Road and proceed 1/4 mile to the T. Boone Pickens Building at the top of the hill. Turn left into the plaza; self-park in the visitor garage or valet park on the plaza.

From DFW – Take the South exit of DFW Airport. Go East on 183 hwy towards Dallas for 8.1 miles. Keep right to stay on 183 towards Dallas for 2.9 miles. 183 merges and will become 35. Take Exit 432A toward Inwood Rd. Turn left onto Inwood Rd. Turn left onto Forest Park Rd. The T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building will be on your left. Arrive at 6001 Forest Park Rd.

Parking will be provided in the garage next to the Pickens Research Building.


Attendance is by invitation only and space is limited. Please RSVP at

In your email, please include:

  • Your Full Name (as you want it to appear on your name tag).
  • The name of the Institution / Organization you are representing.
  • Your Email Address and phone number (for internal use only).

There are no costs associated with attending the event