March 02, 2007
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HIT LogoFirst Friday Update by President Scott Ransom

More about our Health Institutes of Texas…

In my February Update, I told you about the major funding request we presented to the Texas Legislaturefor 2008-2009: a proposal to establish The Health Institutes of Texas here on our campus.

Is this a single place, a building, or anything you can actually touch? No… not yet. This is an idea… a concept of organizing some of our current – and future – programs, centers and institutes differently. More productively. More strategically. More competitively. All focused on leveraging our existing strengths in public health, interdisciplinary scientific research, medical education and patient care. All focused on creating solutions for the most critical health issues in Texas.

This week I took one more step to turn this vision into reality. I hired staff.

photo: Dr. Yorio
Thomas Yorio, PhD

photo: Jennifer Trevino
Jennifer Trevino, MBA

In truth, I hired one person and gave another person an additional responsibility.

Our multi-tasker is Thomas Yorio, PhD, senior vice president of research and founding dean of our Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Yorio has been with us since the 1970s, when he began teaching our medical students the intricacies of pharmacology. I’ve asked him to serve as interim scientific director of HIT – which is the acronym I’ve begun using to refer to this “idea”... and which I hope portends success! Dr. Yorio will lead a national search for a world-class health sciences expert to serve as HIT’s first chief executive.

Helping Dr. Yorio hammer together the framework of our HIT concept – mission, vision, bylaws, budget, human resources, strategic planning, operations and marketing – will be Jennifer Trevino, MBA. Ms. Trevino comes to us from RadioShack, where she was a product marketing manager involved in brand management, product development and global sourcing. She is HIT’s administrative director.

Her first priorities are to work with our Office of Marketing and Communications to refine “talking points” about HIT – in particular, its potential impact on both our Health Science Center and the people of Texas. These “points” will provide detail for the overview of HIT that we first presented to the public in our Texas Monthly ad last month.

More detailed information about the Health Institutes of Texas will be in future issues of Campus Connection. You are also welcome to e-mail me ( or Dr. Yorio ( with your questions.

The bottom line is this: The UNT Health Science Center – and all of our schools, programs, centers and institutes – will continue to have a permanent and prominent role in creating solutions for the most critical health issues of Texas.

Now that’s something to brag about! UNT HSC Logo  

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