Suzanne Rivera Joins Case Western Reserve University’s Research Management Team

News Release: Friday, December 17, 2010

CLEVELAND - Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III announced today that Case Western Reserve University has named Suzanne M. Rivera, PhD, as its new Associate Vice President for Research, effective January 4, 2011. Rivera comes from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she has 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 Baeslack said. “We look forward to welcoming her to our campus next month.”

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

At Case Western Reserve, Rivera will be responsible for managing sponsored projects administration, overseeing sponsors' funds and compliance 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 served in research administration positions of increasing responsibility since 2005. She also worked in research administration programs at the University of California at Irvine.

“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: Marvin Kropko, December 17, 2010 07:26 PM | News Topics: Official Release