Executive-in-Residence Program - University of Houston
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Executive-in-Residence Program

Steven Woolf, M.D., was the inaugural Population Health Executive-in-Residence  for 2023. Dr. Woolf is the director emeritus and senior advisor for the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health. A family physician and expert in population health, Dr. Woolf was on campus from March 19-23 and conducted grand rounds with the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. Dr. Woolf also met with members of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, select UH students, faculty members, and the UH Population Health team.

Executive-in-Residence programs allow academic institutions to develop meaningful engagement with retired or semi-retired academic leaders and industry professionals to lecture, coach, and mentor students, and to link UH colleges with these industries. Executives bring energy and perspective to campuses that augment classes and research projects and build connections can translate into professional opportunities and summer internships for students.


Executive-in-Residence programs range from an intensive one-day program that engages with 2-3 executives, to 1-year, appointments made by the Chief Population Health Officer. Executives provide:

  • One-on-one student career advising
  • Guest lecturing and participation in industry panels
  • Guidance for expansion of UH Population Health
  • Advising for student organizations in area of expertise
  • Participation in advisory boards for UH Population Health


EIRs can be working, semi-retired or retired academic leaders and industry professionals who are recognized as significant leaders within their industries and meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Minimum of 20 years of increasing responsibility and acknowledged success in a specific industry.
  • Prior experience with universities including teaching, writing, consulting, guest speaking and research.
  • Previous mentoring experience and willingness to assist students and faculty with networking opportunities.
  • Availability for one to three quarters during the academic year for significant interaction with students and faculty.

Selection Process

EIRs are nominated by the Population Health Internal Advisory Council and screened by a selection committee.

  • Candidates must be available during the academic year for significant interaction with students and faculty
  • Final appointments are approved by the Chief Population Health Officer
  • If EIRs are selected to exclusively visit with a single college, the sponsoring department prepares a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and it is signed by the EIR candidate