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President's Staff


Vanessa Solis

Assistant to the President

Phone: 915-215-4303

Vanessa Solis serves as the Assistant to the President. In her role, she provides total support to the President, which is vast in responsibility, and manages the daily operations of the President's Office. Vanessa has been with Texas Tech for a total of 14 years, working for a Fortune 100 company as an operations manager for four years prior to returning to Texas Tech in 2010. Vanessa is a native El Pasoan and proud graduate of Loretto Academy. Her academic accomplishments include a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a Computer Information Systems concentration and Master's in Business Administration (MBA) in Health Systems from the University of Texas at El Paso. Vanessa is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University. She is an active member of the national Dean's Assistant Group, as well as a member of the United Way Young Leaders Society and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. She was recently named Chair of the  Local Employee Committee for the SECC El Paso region. The joy of her life is spending time with her three year old daughter.


Veronica Salazar

Unit Coordinator

Phone: 915-215-4298

Ms. Veronica Salazar serves as the Unit Coordinator for the Office of the President and Dean, and direct support for the Provost. She has over 14 years of administrative experience and is tasked with ensuring daily operations are executed in a timely manner and the front office runs efficiently. Ms. Salazar also assists with the expediting and execution of important documents viable to the institution and plays a major role in the faculty recruitment process, where she serves as the point of contact for newly hired senior level personnel transitioning to the campus; a vast responsibility that includes multiple steps for a seamless and smooth experience. She assists with supervision of subordinate personnel and delegates workload accordingly to meet daily demands. Veronica is a native El Pasoan and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Management. She is currently pursuing her MBA at The University of Texas at El Paso.

diana rodriguez

Diana Rodriguez

Sr. Administrative Assistant

Phone: 915-215-4297

Ms. Diana Rodriguez brings to the Office of the President and Dean several years of experience in the administrative field. A major area of responsibility is the coordination of all travel and logistics for the President and other senior executive leadership and executive administrative personnel. She is also tasked with the oversight of departmental and community events and serves as the main point of contact for campus wide room reservation scheduling. Ms Rodriguez facilitates and is responsible for financial transactions related to the special events involving the President's Office in addition to processing all purchasing and payment requests. Diana serves as both the department's Unit Safety Officer and department representative on the Employee Quality Service Awards Committee. She is a native El Pasoan and a graduate from Riverside High School. Academic accomplishments include a recent certification as a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and completion of a Surgical Technologist Program.


Daniel Villanueva

Office Assistant

Phone: 915-215-4300

Mr. Villanueva is a new member of the Office of President and Dean and serves as an Office Assistant for the office. Mr. Villanueva facilitates daily operations within the President's office such as entering appropriate data into the digital archiving system, scanning documents, and answering phones for both the President’s Office and Finance and Administration Office. Additional duties include assisting in both organizing and surplus of inventory equipment for the office, printing documents, and making necessary copies. He is a native El Pasoan and a graduate from Stephen F. Austin High school with top 10 percent honors. He was a member of the National Honor Society and is currently attending UTEP and is working towards a bachelor's degree in Mathematics.




Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, the Texas Tech University System’s fourth university, with a mission to provide education, research, and patient care to West Texas and beyond. It is comprised of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and is a regional campus for a Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The university has a clinical practice called Texas Tech Physicians that is part of the largest network of healthcare physicians in West Texas. Research focuses on cancer, diabetes & obesity, infectious diseases, and neurology.