Amy Shaw Thomas is the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Health Affairs, and an Executive Officer with The University of Texas System in Austin. Amy advises the UT System Board of Regents, Chancellor, Executive Officers, health and academic institution presidents, and senior leadership on complex business, operational, management, regulatory, legal, public policy and legislative issues affecting The University of Texas System. She also provides strategic advice and leads negotiations on health initiatives, transactions, and affiliations on behalf of UT System institutions, with their public and private healthcare partners. Amy is playing a key role in the development and support of the UT Austin Dell Medical School and the new UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. She is actively identifying and convening UT System institutions around areas of mutual interest and opportunity, to advance collaboration and maximize the collective scale, scope, and assets of the UT System. Amy is also leading the Chancellor’s Quantum Leap on Fairness and Opportunity to advance gender pay equity, and to diversify senior leadership across the UT System.
Amy joined The University of Texas System Office of Governmental Relations in January 1997 and the Office of Health Affairs in September 2002. Amy previously worked as Legislative Counsel and Director of Debt Management and Public Policy for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison when she was Texas State Treasurer. She also served on the staff of a U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C., and two members of the Texas Senate. She practiced public finance and general governmental law with the firms of Hutchison, Price, Boyle & Brooks and Wickliff & Hall. Amy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Special Honors in Government, and a Doctorate of Law from The University of Texas School of Law. She currently serves on the board and executive committee of the Downtown Austin Alliance, is an active member of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO), and is on the board of the Texas Methodist Foundation.