Governor names professor to state panel

An associate professor of nursing at the Health Science Center has been named by Gov. Ann Richards to chair the Texas State Board of Public Health.

Ruth Stewart, RN, will head a six-member board that oversees the Texas Department of Public Health. She is the first woman ever to chair the board.

"Ruth Stewart is not only deserving of this position, but is extremely qualified," said Delight Tillotson, MSN, RN, director of special projects in the School of Nursing. "She is tuned in to the needs of health care in Texas and is truly committed to its improvement. Ruth will serve well in this position."

The board, which administers a $650 million budget, develops and executes public health policy for the state. It is responsible for health issues such as shellfish safety, immunizations, water safety, family planning and environmental factors.

"I am greatly honored to receive this appointment," said Stewart. "I am committed to the board's mission of protecting the health of Texans and intend to continue the committee's collaboration with the public and private sectors to ensure the public is receiving adequate health care."

Stewart served on the board for two years before its recent reorganization.