Professor Emeritus Dr. Gordon Green, who served as Dean of UT Southwestern School of Health Professions from 1991 to 2006, is honored with the establishment of the Gordon Green, M.D. Endowed Scholarship Fund to accelerate the dreams of students pursuing allied health careers.
The fund is supported by an endowment from Southwestern Medical Foundation, as well as the UT System Board of Regents, a press release stated. It will be used for student scholarships at the School of Health Professions.
“It’s a great honor for me to be recognized by contributors to this fund in support of students,” stated Green in a press release. “Even though I stepped down as Dean of the School of Health Professions in 2006, this perpetual endowment fund will help to assure that generations of students will be educated and trained to meet the health needs of Texans on into the future.”
He retired in 2016.
“It has been such an inspiration to work with faculty and staff of the School of Health Professions to see this dream become reality,” stated Kathleen M. Gibson, president and CEO of the foundation. “Dr. Green is an extraordinary example, and this fund in his honor will help future students understand how much he contributed in advancing training, both at UT Southwestern and in health professions broadly.”
“As Dean, he brought with him a vision of how the school could shape the future of health care in Texas, and beyond,” stated Dr. Jon Williamson, the current dead. “One of Dr. Green’s most distinctive characteristics is his belief in investing in good people and inspiring them to do their best. The future ‘Green Scholars’ will be selected from the best and brightest students of their classes to receive financial assistance toward fulfilling their potentials to become future health care leaders.”
While leading what was then known as UT Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School, Green supervised a revamp of a number of programs, an accomplishment he still takes pride in.
“Everyone realizes that health care has changed rapidly in recent years, as have the demands on health care providers,” Green stated. “I’m proud that our educational programs have changed to meet those new demands. One example: During my 16-year tenure as dean, our Physical Therapy Program evolved from a bachelor’s degree program, to a master’s degree program, then to a program of doctorally prepared graduates.
“Other academic program advancements were made in Prosthetics-Orthotics, Physician Assistant Studies, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Clinical Nutrition. We moved briskly, proudly, into the 21st century.”
For more information, or to make a donation to the Green Fund, visit the donation page, or call the Office of Development at 214-648-2344.
Photo: Dr. Gordon Green