Amy Shaw Thomas is the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, ad interim, and an Executive Officer with The University of Texas System in Austin. She provides oversight and guidance for the six UT System health institutions, one of the largest networks of academic health institutions in the country with an aggregate annual operating budget of more than $12.9 billion. Amy also plays a key role in the development and support of the new UT Austin Dell Medical School and the UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.
Prior to this appointment, she served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Health Affairs with The University of Texas System. In this capacity, Amy advised the UT System Board of Regents, Chancellor, Executive Officers, health and academic institution presidents, and senior leadership on complex business, operational, management, regulatory, legal, public policy and legislative issues affecting UT System. She also provided strategic advice and led negotiations on health initiatives, transactions, and affiliations on behalf of UT System institutions, with their public and private healthcare and other partners. She actively identifies and convenes UT System institutions around areas of mutual interest and opportunity, to advance collaboration and maximize the collective scale, scope, and assets of the UT System. Amy also leads the UT System effort to advance gender pay equity and diversify senior leadership across the UT System.
Amy joined The University of Texas System Office of Governmental Relations in January 1997 and the Office of Health Affairs in September 2002. Amy previously worked as Legislative Counsel and Director of Debt Management and Public Policy for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison when she was Texas State Treasurer. She also served on the staff of a U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C., and two members of the Texas Senate. She practiced public finance and general governmental law with the firms of Hutchison, Price, Boyle & Brooks and Wickliff & Hall. Amy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Special Honors in Government, and a Doctorate of Law from The University of Texas School of Law. She currently serves on the board and executive committee of the Downtown Austin Alliance, is an active member of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO), is on the board of the Texas Methodist Foundation, and is a member of the Austin Healthcare Council.