(CCOLLEGE STATION, TX) — Olga Gabriel, M.P.H., has been appointed director of the Texas A&M Health Science Center McAllen campus. She is a past director of the Children’s Defense Fund Texas-Rio Grande Valley and was the founding director for U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s district office in McAllen.

Olga Gabriel, M.P.H.

Olga Gabriel, M.P.H.

“Ms. Gabriel’s education and experience in developing, supporting and implementing community-based programs made her an outstanding candidate for this position,” said J. Steven Moore, M.D., M.P.H., executive associate dean of the HSC-School of Rural Public Health. “We look forward to her providing direction, focus and energy to the educational, research and outreach programs of the School of Rural Public Health in a way that meets the needs of the citizens of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.”

Gabriel received an undergraduate degree in health education from The University of Texas-Pan American and a Master of Public Health degree from HSC-School of Rural Public Health in Community Public Health and Management.

“Having received my master’s degree from the school, I know firsthand how passionate the faculty are to not only train the next generation of public health professionals, but also to impact the lives of Texans,” Gabriel said. “I look forward to forging collaborations between the school and this community in hopes of improving the lives of South Texas families.”

— Rae Lynn Mitchell