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Suzanne Ortega

Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, University of North Carolina

Suzanne Ortega was appointed as University of North Carolina's Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2011. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of New Mexico in 2008. She also has served as Vice Provost and Graduate Dean at the University of Washington and the University of Missouri.

With primary research interests in mental health epidemiology, health services, and race and ethnic relations, Ortega is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and an introductory sociology text, now in its eighth edition. An award-winning teacher, she also has served on a number of review panels for National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on grants totaling more than $6 million in state and federal funds.

Ortega serves or has served on a number of professional association boards and committees, including the Executive Boards of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Graduate Record Exams® (GRE®), the National Academies of Science Committee on the Assessment of the Research Doctorate, the National Science Foundation's Human Resources Expert Panel, the North Carolina E-learning Commission, the North Carolina Public School Forum, the UNC TV Foundation and the UNC Press Board of Governors.

Ortega earned master's and doctoral degrees at Vanderbilt University.

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