For Immediate Release
January 9, 2003
Truan-SRPH Advisor
Contact: Andrea Pool at (979) 458-0773
Office of Communications
School of Rural Public Health
The Texas A&M University System
Health Science Center
http://tamhsc.edu
Former Senator Carlos Truan Appointed Special Advisor
Former Texas Senator Carlos Truan recently joined The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health (SRPH) as Special Advisor to the Dean. In this new role, Truan will provide guidance and counsel to the dean. Truan will also be an adjunct senior lecturer, serving as a major resource to students and faculty in public health policy issues specific to Texas.
While still a senator, Truan made important contributions to the A&M Health Science Center. He helped write legislation authorizing the creation of the SRPH, as well as the establishment of the South Texas Center in McAllen, where the institution offers master’s degree programs in public health and has several research and community service programs. He was instrumental in passing legislation establishing the Coastal Bend Health Education Center (CBHEC) in Corpus Christi, also a part of the A&M Health Science Center. He also contributed to developing legislation for the University of Texas System’s Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) and the new School of Pharmacy at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
“Senator Truan has been a tireless champion for education and health in both the Rio Grande Valley and Coastal Bend areas of Texas,” said Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., president of the health science center and vice chancellor for health affairs for the A&M System. “His vast experience in health policy—a critical area for the state of Texas—will be of immense assistance to the health science center as we move forward in serving the health education, research and service needs of Texans.”
“Senator Truan is a valuable addition to the SRPH family,” SRPH Dean Ciro V. Sumaya, M.D., M.P.H.T.M., said. “He has been a good friend to the school over the last five years, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with him. His knowledge and experience in the legislature will be invaluable in helping our students understand and address health policy issues and opportunities.”
In addition to serving for more than 30 years in the Texas Legislature, Senator Truan has been a successful life insurance agent since 1960 and has been active in many organizations. He held local, state and national office in LULAC, served on the Texas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and was named to the board of the National Council of La Raza.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.
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