Dr. Jacqueline Mok graciously wrote the following when asked to introduce herself to faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral fellows.
“I am delighted to be joining President Henrich and the leadership team at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. My family and I moved to San Antonio from Baltimore, where I had been both a Presidential Research Fellow and Vice President and Chief and Secretary of the Board of Trustees at The Johns Hopkins University. I was also at The University of Arizona for 15 years, in numerous academic leadership assignments, starting as Assistant Dean in the College of Fine Arts and culminating as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
Being in San Antonio and at UT HSC – San Antonio is wonderful as San Antonio is my hometown. I lived here during the early growth years of the UT HSC campus. Returning has given me the opportunity to see the exciting changes that have taken place, and welcoming the preservation of the friendly spirit and openness that were characteristics of San Antonio when I lived here before.
My responsibilities at UT HSC – San Antonio cover academic, faculty, and student affairs. It will be energizing to work with the Center’s leadership team, faculty, professionals, staff, and students, in fostering environments to further the HSC community’s goals of research, educational, and clinical excellence.
I often share with students that one’s education and training, when paired with curiosity, can many times lead to serendipitous journeys. My early preparation as a musician and music educator paved a path to applied research in arts education and arts policy. Work for the U.S. Foreign Service as a cultural attache expanded my experiences in seeing cultural education through an international lens. Upon returning to the U.S., I returned to work in arts education for non-profit organizations, and then subsequently entered into academic administration at The University of Washington, using my expertise developing programs in the arts and humanities. That initial foray into higher education was propitious, as I have grown in learning how different universities develop academic programs and support faculty and student success. While this may seem far removed from my musical life, I find my current professional track uses the same skill set that ensembles thrive on: listening intently to others; being in tune and attuned; and using one’s expertise, creativity, and voice to contribute to the richness of a full and complex composition.”
– Dr. Jacqueline Mok