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Courtney Rottman, J.D., M.P.S.A.

  • Chief of Staff, President’s Office
“With ‘service first’ as my directional compass, I have never found myself lost or lacking in clarity. I know my life’s purpose and calling is to serve others.”

Contributions to Administration

As Chief of Staff and a member of the executive leadership team, Ms. Rottman provides critical strategic planning, communications, special project, and organizational support for the President. “I strive each day to ensure that the President and other executives have the information and resources needed to facilitate decision-making and conduct productive meetings in order to help accomplish institutional goals and priorities,” she said.

“I have the privilege of serving as the President's personal representative on various Medical Center task forces and groups, enabling opportunities to meet and collaborate with a wide range of university leaders, faculty, staff, and learners.”

Additionally, “I provide oversight of the Policy Office and institutional policies for 23,000+ faculty, staff, and learners,” Ms. Rottman said.

The UT Southwestern Difference

“One of the things I enjoy most about my work is that there are always novel and complex challenges facing our leadership team, and I have the privilege of being in the room to observe our institution's values in action every day. As one of the world's foremost academic medical centers, I believe it is important for UT Southwestern to remain cognizant of the wide variety of issues that organizations of our caliber, growth, and scale face – regardless of the field or sector – because of what we can learn from their experiences.” 

“In order to be prepared to help whenever needed, I strive to remain apprised of contemporary issues facing organizations by reading a wide variety of business and strategy books, research, and articles. I find that there are always opportunities to learn how other organizations, sectors, and individuals approach the same problem because of the different perspectives and vantage points they bring to the table. Just like the faculty, staff, and learners that comprise our institution, these differences enrich the solutions we apply at UT Southwestern Medical Center, enabling us to improve the lives of our patients and enhance our organization's culture so that we each feel a sense of belonging and purpose when we come to work each day,” she said.

Work-Life Balance

“Outside of work, I spend as much time with my family as possible. “My husband and three children are the greatest loves of my life, and I am grateful for their love, support, and patience which enables me to pursue my passion for serving others.”

Ms. Rottman also is committed to lifelong education. “Currently, I am pursuing a doctorate in business administration from the International School of Management in Paris, France. Balancing work and family while I finish my dissertation is challenging, but it's a rewarding cycle that I learn from daily, and I hope others benefit from as well,” she said.

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