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UT Dallas’ School Of The Arts And Humanities Has Five New Advisory Council Members


Suzanne Cole, Ragen and Roy Elterman, Jerry Comer, Richard Kurjan

As reported by My Sweet Charity, the School of Arts and Humanities has added five new members to its advisory council that serve as liaisons between the school and the Dallas-area community.

  • Suzanne Cole double majored at UT Dallas in Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Arts and Humanities in 1999. She is the Medical Director of the University Hospital Simmons Cancer Clinic at the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Richardson/Plano.
  • Ragen and Roy Elterman have been long-time supporters of the School of Arts and Humanities, primarily through the Roy and Ragen Elterman Scholarship that supports undergraduate student in the humanities field. Dr. Roy Elterman is president of the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation and a retired neurologist. Ragen earned degrees from UT Dallas in 1990 and 1992 and is a retired teacher.
  • Jerry Comer graduated in 1977 from UT Dallas with a business degree, but has become a major supporter of the School of Arts and Humanities. He and his wife Marilyn established the Jerry and Marilyn Comer Photography Collection which houses more than 700 pieces of photography. Because of his support for the School of Arts and Humanities, Jerry Comer was given the UT Dallas alumni award in 2018.
  • Richard Kurjan earned his master’s in humanities from A&H in 1982, but he continues to support the school through his support for Dr. Rainer Schulte and the Center for Translation Studies, as well as the school’s guitar council. He established the Trish and Richard Kurjan Fund that supports the Center for Translation Studies.

According to Interim Dean, Dr. Nils Roemer, “I am thrilled to have individuals of this caliber join our advisory council. Each new member brings a different experience that we expect will assist our growth in enrollment as well as community stature.”