September 21, 2005
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez, suzanna.martinez@ttuhsc.edu

LUBBOCK – The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has named Rial D. Rolfe, Ph.D., as the new associate vice president for Academic Affairs for all campuses. Rolfe currently is associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Development in the School of Medicine.

In this new position, he will report to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Roderick Nairn, Ph.D. The office provides oversight of the academic and research missions, all institutes, institutional compliance, rural and community affairs, library services, and student services including financial aid and the registrar.

In addition, this office is the primary interface with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. It supports the president of the Health Sciences Center on various initiatives as well as ensures conformity with state and national policies of regulatory and academic accreditation agencies and organizations. The planning of the El Paso four-year medical school also serves as a major activity of this office.

Nairn, also the dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, said Rolfe offered the best qualifications for the position.

“Dr. Rolfe’s experience is extensive in these areas. And his many contributions to the Health Sciences Center over numerous years, demonstrates his in-depth knowledge of this institution,” Nairn said. “He has a tremendous commitment to the students, faculty and academic programs of the Health Sciences Center.”

Rolfe has served as the founding dean for the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development in the School of Medicine since August 1998. Rolfe is a professor and has been interim chairman and associate chairman in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine. He has been a faculty member of the university since 1981.

He received his doctorate from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration in Health Organization Management from Texas Tech University.
Rolfe’s position as associate vice president will begin October 1. Serving in the interim position of associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Development in the School of Medicine will be Thomas E. Tenner, Jr., Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Pharmacology. He has been a faculty member at the Health Sciences Center since 1978.

Tenner was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia from 1976 to 1978. He received his doctorate degree in Pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio in 1976.