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Dr. Marc Nivet Joins The Sullivan Alliance Board of Directors

Nivet Brings Successful Leadership in Health Equity & Minority Community Engagement to SA’s Board


Alexandria, VA (October 20, 2016) – The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions (The Sullivan Alliance) has invited Dr. Marc Nivet, Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, to join its Board of Directors.

“Dr. Nivet’s innovative and strategic approach to issues of health equity and community-focused efforts to increase the diversity of our nation’s health professions will be a valuable addition to The Sullivan Alliance Board,” said The Sullivan Alliance Chairman and CEO Louis W. Sullivan, MD. “He well articulates the uniqueness and value of diversity in all endeavors as a driver for excellence and community improvement.”

Dr. Nivet, Ed.D., has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit, government, and academic institutions focused on medicine. At UT Southwestern Medical Center, he is responsible for developing and overseeing a comprehensive and coordinated strategic agenda to promote and works with the President to advance the Center’s mission and goals, focusing on external stakeholders. He oversees the leadership and operations for: Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs; Community and Corporate Relations; Development; and Government Affairs and Policy.

“It is truly an honor to serve with such an august group of individuals all focused on achieving greater diversity in the health professions,” said Dr. Nivet. “There is nothing more critical to improving the health of all Americans than ensuring we harness all the bright minds and attract all the truly talented students that exist to careers in the health professions. Dr. Sullivan has made the goal of greater diversity in the health professions his life’s work and I am humbled to play my part in making his vision a reality.”

Marc A. Nivet, Ed.D., is the Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. From 2010-2016, he served as Chief Diversity Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, where he provided strategic vision and programmatic leadership around diversity and inclusion. Through his advising, lectures and writing, Dr. Nivet has worked to reframe the narrative around diversity, positioning it as a driver of excellence and highlighting the link between community engagement and health equity. He encourages audiences to elevate diversity out of its silo and into the company of talent management and strategic planning to transform organizations and, ultimately, communities. In the context of academic medicine, this means making diversity core to the overall mission of better health outcomes for all. Dr. Nivet serves the diversity and academic medicine communities on a variety of boards and commissions. He is a member of the NIH National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, HRSA Bureau of Health Professions National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Board of Trustees, the American Dental Education Association’s Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education, the Beyond Flexner Advisory Council, the ETS Policy Evaluation and Research Council, and the CDC Medical College Roundtable.

About the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions

Under the leadership of Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions was organized in January 2005, to act on the reports and recommendations of the Sullivan Commission (Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions, September, 2004), and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Healthcare Workforce (In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce). The Alliance’s goal is to provide the focused leadership, deep commitment, and sustainable efforts that will result in the addition to our nation’s workforce of more well-trained health professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds able to provide quality health care and innovative research in the decades ahead.

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