Dr. Erica Bruce is a toxicologist who does translational medical research and teaches the next generation of scientists and doctors at Baylor University. Dr. Bruce’s background is in civil engineering and toxicology and her current research focuses on developing drugs for hypoxia-related conditions. She is currently working on developing drugs for the Department of Defense to use in Combat Casualty Care to treat traumatic brain injuries, chronic wounds, cancer, and in far-forward combat theatre resuscitation. Dr. Bruce is active in the community, volunteering for various organizations. She is passionate about giving back to the community though education, outreach, and service especially for veterans and those in crisis. Dr. Bruce is an immediate response advocate for survivors of violence at local hospitals for the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children in Waco. She volunteers for various student organizations, supporting leadership, mentoring, and professional growth for aspiring doctors and scientists.
Dr. Bruce believes the qualities an effective leader possess are rooted in competent critical thinking, logical problem solving, and connected leadership that is built on a foundation of integrity. “I believe these character qualities, seen through example, moral principles that can be observed through a caring spirit, and commitment that is evident through actions, are what we need to be successful in serving Hewitt.” Dr. Bruce believes that leadership based on mutual respect, honesty, passion, listening, and respectfully considering the opinions of others, honoring the experience of our city staff, and then making decisions after careful consideration is an effective way to help guide a diverse, growing community like Hewitt.
Dr. Bruce and her family have lived in Hewitt for 10 years. She has two children and her husband has been an educator for 19 years, currently teaching and coaching for Midway ISD.