January 04, 2011

Suzanne Rivera Joins University's Research Management Team

Suzanne Rivera
Suzanne M. Rivera

Today, Suzanne M. Rivera joined Case Western Reserve University as its new associate vice president for research. Rivera comes from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she served as vice president for research administration and as an assistant professor in the division of ethics and health policy.

“Dr. Rivera possesses an impressive breadth of experience as a scholar, administrator and leader of research programs,” Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack said.
At Case Western Reserve, Rivera will be responsible for managing sponsored projects’ administration, overseeing sponsors' funds and complying with external regulations. She hopes to increase and enhance research programs by bringing together faculty, external sponsors and others to develop proposals that build on the research strengths of the university.

“I am pleased to join an institution with such a wide-ranging record of research achievement,” Rivera said. “I am eager to contribute to Case Western Reserve’s efforts to increase research, in particular in interdisciplinary areas.”

At UT-Southwestern, Rivera oversaw policy development and implementation, regulatory affairs, grants and contracts, scientific core facilities and other aspects of UT-Southwestern’s research programs. She also taught courses on research regulation and public policy and medical ethics.

“Sue Rivera has a very successful track record and vast research administration experience,” said Mark E. Coticchia, vice president for economic development, industry research and technology management at Case Western Reserve.  “We are fortunate to have her lead and manage this function for the university.”

Rivera earned her doctorate at the University of Texas at Dallas, where her dissertation focused on social inequality in biomedical research. She also has a master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in American civilization from Brown University.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, January 4, 2011 08:07 AM | News Topics: Staff

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