UTHealth names new leader of governmental relations
HOUSTON – (July 1, 2013) – Scott D. Forbes has been appointed vice president of governmental relations for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
For the past six years, Forbes has served UTHealth as liaison to local, state and federal governments. His leadership during the 83rd Texas Legislature helped result in an increase in total formula funding to UTHealth by more than $10 million per year. He also led efforts to secure a new special item of $6 million annually to support research and faculty recruitment for UTHealth’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In addition, Forbes worked with other institutions to increase funding for graduate medical education, protect stem cell research and continue Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas research grants.
“I have no doubt that the strength of the relationships we have built with members of the Texas Legislature is based, in large part, on the character and professionalism of Scott Forbes as our leading representative,” said Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., president of UTHealth. “We welcome him to this new role.”
Over the years, Forbes has spearheaded UTHealth’s efforts to secure critical federal funding, including support for Translational Neuroinformatics and facility improvements at The University of Texas Harris Country Psychiatric Center. He also has been successful in helping UTHealth maintain or increase support for specific programs from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal funding agencies.
“Representing UTHealth in Austin and Washington is an honor. I have the opportunity to connect our faculty and staff with additional resources from our federal and state partners, encourage changes in laws to increase efficiency and educate our elected leadership about the benefits of investing in UTHealth,” Forbes said.
Forbes joined UTHealth in December 2007 as director of governmental relations. In September 2009, he was named associate vice president in that office. Forbes accepted the role of interim vice president of governmental relations last November.
Prior to joining UTHealth, Forbes spent seven years as the government relations manager for the Port of Houston Authority. His government relations career began with then-Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, working on legislation authorizing, among other developments, the downtown baseball stadium—now Minute Maid Park.
A graduate of Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Forbes received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1991.
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