HSC Planning

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HSC Committee  

The HSC Committee meets once a month to discuss the research, clinical, operational, financial and educational aspects of the UNM Health Sciences Center and UNM Health System. The committee makes recommendations to the Board of Regents on issues such as:

  • Enrollment and retention strategies
  • New degrees, courses and curriculum changes
  • Tuition and fees
  • Budget requests

Members also review all HSC medical center reports on accreditation, patient care, quality assurance and licensure. For a full scope of committee responsibilities, please view the Regent’s Policy Manual.

Any member of the public with an interest in the HSC may attend meetings. To submit an agenda item, please email the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Exectutive Vice President, Emily Morelli, at eamorelli@salud.unm.edu or call her at 505-272-5849.

Meet Our Members

HSC Committee members are chosen by the President of the Board of Regents each year. The chair of the committee is responsible for preparing the agenda for the committee meetings.

Committee Members

Robert L. Schwartz is the Henry Weihofen Professor of Law Emeritus at the UNM School of Law. After joining the UNM law faculty in 1976, Schwartz focused his research and teaching in the emerging field of Health Law and has gone on to become a nationally recognized scholar in the area of bioethics, bringing this expertise into School of Medicine classrooms.

Schwartz has co-authored several textbooks on health law and has served on the editorial boards of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare EthicsJournal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy and the Medical Law Review. Through the World Health Organization, he has worked as a consultant on health legislation in Cambodia, Tonga and Vietnam.

Schwartz has previously served as General Counsel for the New Mexico Human Services Department and the Chair of the New Mexico Health Policy Commission. Schwartz holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Melissa C. Henry is a Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Candidate in the department of Individual, Family, and Community Education located in UNM's College of Education.

She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and currently practices couples and individual counseling at a local private practice. While in New Mexico, Henry has volunteered at UNM's Manzanita Counseling Center, served as Chief of Staff of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) and on the GPSA Grants committee, and was a Student Fee Review Board (SFRB) member for FY 2019-2020 budget cycle.

Douglas M. Brown is a recognized financial leader with many years of banking and finance experience, currently as the head of Brown and Brown Ventures. He served as Dean of the UNM Anderson School of Management from 2009 to 2014 and was awarded the title of Dean Emeritus upon retirement. Brown holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Other previous positions include Trustee of Stanford University, CEO of Tuition Plan Consortium, CEO of Talbot Financial, CEO of ABQ Bank, and EVP of Wells Fargo Bank. In 2013, Brown was named Top CEO of the Year by Albuquerque Business First, and in 2015 was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award by Leadership NM.

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