Dr. Kevin Wooten joined the UHCL leadership team in 2020 as the inaugural chief strategy officer, leading the Office of University Strategy and Transformation. In this role, he is responsible for organizing, maintaining, communicating, implementing and evaluating the overall university strategy developed by senior leadership in partnership with all major internal constituents.
Dr. Wooten has over 35 years of experience in higher education, including his time as the chair and professor of management at UHCL's College of Business. He has taught over 28 different courses in management, human resource management, and public heath over his career, and has been credited for leading UHCL's efforts in establishing the nation's first competency-based human resource management degree. He is also the co-founder of the UHCL MBA for Physicians program.
In additional to his service in higher education, Dr. Wooten has over nine years of industrial experience, much of which involved managing the corporate training and development function for a Fortune 500 corporation. He also has over three years of experience as a vice president and staff psychologist for one of the nation's leading consulting firms, where he specialized in psychological assessment of executives and change management for restructuring organizations.
Dr. Wooten holds a B.S and M.A. in Behavioral Sciences, both from UHCL, and was a member of the inaugural student cohort at UHCL in 1974. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Tulane University. He also had the honor of receiving the UHCL's Distinguished President's Research award as well as the UHCL Distinguished Alumnus award.
Dr. Wooten maintains an active research agenda. His research interests include organizational development, strategic planning, organizational justice, applied evaluation methodologies, change resistance and readiness, and team science. He currently serves on the editorial board for the "Journal of Applied Behavioral Science," and is considered a thought leader in the area of team science. He led the International Network of the Science of Team Science to a 501c status and served on the inaugural Board of Directors.
Over the span of his career, Dr. Wooten has consulted many leading institutions and Fortune 100 organizations involving organizational development, organizational design, human resource practices, and strategic planning.