By Rosanne Fohn
|Rudy Gomez, M.B.A., CHC, (center) is pictured with Patty Hawken, Ph.D., FAAN, (left) and Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. Dr. Hawken was the second dean of the School of Nursing and Dr. Breslin is the current dean.|
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Rudy Gomez, M.B.A., CHC, will receive a national award from the American Association of Colleges of Nurses (AACN) on April 18. Gomez is assistant dean for administration and the business officer in the School of Nursing at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
Gomez, a 39-year employee of the School of Nursing, will receive the Jerry Otzman Founders Award at the annual meeting of the Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS). Established in 1986, BONUS is the first networking group formed by the AACN. It is dedicated to facilitating collaboration among those who work in the administration of nursing education and providing education in the business, technology, financial and administrative management of nursing schools.
The award is given every five years to a BONUS member based on sustained outstanding service, leadership and contributions to the organization.
“Rudy richly deserves this prestigious award. His thoughtful leadership has inspired business officers in nursing to assist nursing leaders in delivering quality nursing education. As a founder of this network, he has nurtured its growth and success. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor,” said School of Nursing Dean Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN.
Longtime leader in BONUS
|Founding members of BONUS include (seated, left to right) Mike Manheimer, UT Medical Branch, Galveston; Garnette Yeager, University of Colorado, Denver; Mike Newsome, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; and Pat Hall, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Standing are Bruno Wolff, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Jerry Otzman, Wayne State University, Detroit; Dan Junior, Yale, New Haven, Conn.; and Rudy Gomez, UT Health Science Center San Antonio.|
Over the years, Gomez has chaired and served on many committees and participated on panels. He also served as president of BONUS two times, which involved a three-year commitment as president-elect, president and past president.
“I am truly honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award. I worked with Jerry, and his energy and hard work were amazing. We all looked up to him because he was a dedicated and fully engaged business officer and he was our driving force,” said Gomez, who was one of eight original steering committee founding members of BONUS in 1986.
Gomez has served in many support roles in the School of Nursing and on many Health Science Center committees since 1974. “I am indebted to my first dean, Dr. Patty Hawken, who encouraged me to be a part of the original group that founded BONUS, and to Dr. Jo Ann Crow, who supported and encouraged me in many ways during my formative years. And without the continued support of subsequent deans and especially the strong support of my current dean, Dr. Eileen Breslin, I would not be receiving this award,” Gomez said.