As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Manuel de la Rosa serves as Chief Academic Officer and member of the President’s leadership team on behalf of the institution. He engages in academic planning, directs the growth of academic and student affairs programs, develops academic policy, and advocates for faculty and student rights and responsibilities. He fosters collaboration amongst faculty, staff, students, and external communities.
Administrative oversight at TTUHSC El Paso includes the accreditation components of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation through the newly formed Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness as well as Student Services, Educational Affairs, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Health.
In 1997, soon after his appointment as regional dean for the School of Medicine at TTUHSC El Paso, Dr. de la Rosa set a goal of bringing a full-fledged four-year medical school to the El Paso community. After more than ten years dedicated to this initiative, the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine received its LCME accreditation on February 6, 2008, and welcomed its inaugural class of first year medical students in July of 2009. In May of 2013, the first class graduated from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. This milestone brought the full resources of both a medical school and health sciences center enterprise to the community.
As a professor of pediatrics, Dr. de la Rosa's involvement with the community led to the establishment of the Kellogg Community Partnership Clinics, which were four school-based clinics that provided services to colonia residents in El Paso's lower valley. In an effort to focus the nation's attention on health issues on the border, he served many times as a spokesman in various media outlets that included national public radio broadcasts, Life Magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. Appointed by former President George Bush in 2003, Dr. de la Rosa continues to serve as a member of the United States/Mexico Border Health Commission where he advocates in addressing health issues on the border.
Dr. de la Rosa remains active as immediate past president of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso, at the local and state level, with the American Association of Medical Colleges, and various other national, state, and local organizations.