TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER EXPERTS NAMED TO WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE
May 26, 2005
LUBBOCK – Three Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center experts were appointed
to the White House Conference on Aging. Rodolfo Arredondo Jr., Ed.D., professor of
the Department of Neuropsychiatry and director of the Southwest Institute for Addictive
Diseases, was named by President George W. Bush to the Advisory Committee to the White
House Conference on Aging.
Glen Provost, chief planning and program development officer at the Health Sciences
Center, was nominated as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging by U.S.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Barbara Johnston, Ph.D., associate academic dean at the
Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, also was named as an alternate delegate
to the conference. Johnston was appointed by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.
The advisory committee’s responsibilities include planning the conference and developing
a report that will outline a set of recommendations to address the needs of aging
Americans. Arredondo is the only Texas appointee named to the advisory committee by
Randolph B. Schiffer, M.D., chair of the Department of Neuropsychiatry at the Health
Sciences Center School of Medicine, said this presidential appointment reflects the
excellence of the Health Sciences Center faculty. “This reaffirms our confidence in
Dr. Arredondo’s academic leadership and furthermore recognizes his expertise in national
policy issues affecting aging and mental health,” Schiffer said.
Arredondo received his doctorate from Texas Tech University. He serves on the National
Institutes of Health National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and was chairman of the
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board of Directors.
In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Arredondo to serve on the President’s
New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, where he co-chairs the co-occurring disorders
subcommittee. The commission was charged to study the national mental health system
and make recommendations for improvement.
In January 2005, Arredondo also was appointed as the Presiding Officer of the Texas
Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Provost serves as the director of the Health Sciences Center Aging Law and Policy
Program, chair of the Garrison Institute on Aging Advisory Board and is adjunct professor
of elder law at Texas Tech School of Law. He previously worked as the director and
associate commissioner for Environmental and Consumer Health at the Texas Department
of Health and as the assistant director for Planning and Legislation at the National
Center for Environmental Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
He serves on the American Society on Aging, the National Council on Aging, the American
Public Health Association Gerontological Health Section and the Texas Department of
Aging and Disability Services.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S.,
said appointments such as these are an honor for Arredondo, Provost, Johnston and
our community. “We are proud and excited for these individuals for their commitment
and recognition on this national level. They have demonstrated outstanding leadership
in improving the delivery of health care not only to this community but also throughout
Texas and the United States.”
In 2000, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center leadership identified aging
as a strategic priority for the 21st century and the Board of Regents approved the
establishment of the Institute for Healthy Aging (IHA). The IHA, renamed as the Garrison
Institute on Aging in February 2005, is a collaborative initiative of the Health Science
Center schools of Allied Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy and addresses
special challenges in geriatric training and health care.
The Garrison Institute is dedicated to the development, implementation, and monitoring
of programs and research that probe the health and diseases of aging.