Nominating Organization: City of Houston, Mayor’s Living Legend Honoree

Title: Retired

Judith L. Craven, M.D., was appointed to a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry in March 2001. During her tenure, Dr. Craven served as Chairman of the Student, Faculty, and Staff Campus Life Committee and was Regental representative to the Board for Lease of University Lands which oversaw the terms of lease of University lands for oil and gas exploration and development. Dr. Craven also served on the Task Force on Admissions, Tuition, and Financial Aid and has served as Chairman of the Special Committee on Minorities and Women.

Dr. Craven is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She earned an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University, an M.P.H. from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and she holds an M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. She also studied in the Program for Senior Managers in Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Craven served as the president of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast. She also served as vice president for multicultural affairs and dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, director of public health for the City of Houston, chief of Family Health Service for the City of Houston, and chief of Anesthesia at Riverside General Hospital.

Dr. Craven has also served as professor of Public Health Administration and professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the U. T. Health Science Center – Houston, clinical assistant professor of Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and visiting professor of public health at Shanghai Medical University.

Dr. Craven is former member of the boards of directors at VALIC; A. H. Belo Corporation; Luby’s Cafeterias, Inc.; and SYSCO Corporation..