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A&M System Announces Resignation of Health Science Center President

The President of the Texas A&M Health Science Center has resigned.

Dr. Nancy Dickey’s resignation, announced Tuesday from the system office,  was effective immediately.

From a system news release, Dickey says the impending merger of the center into the university was an appropriate time for new leadership.

A&M President Bowen Loftin says Dr. Dickey will continue her role as a professor at the health science center.

BowenLoftin100912.mp3Bowen Loftin visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

Dr. Dickey was not available for additional comment. A health science center spokesman referred questions to the system office.

Chancellor John Sharp stated in the news release that Dickey has been a committed and forceful leader and we owe her a debt of gratitude. Sharp had no further comment because it was a personnel issue.

JohnSharp100912dickey.mp3WTAW’s Scott DeLucia asks John Sharp about Nancy Dickey’s resignation.

During Dickey’s 11 years, enrollment at the health science center grew from 880 to 2,100 students and research money went from $10 to $80 million dollars per year. The college also started nursing, pharmacy, and rural health programs during her tenure.

Taking over as interim head is Jere Pederson, who is currently on the board of Kalon Biotherapeutics in College Station is a co-managing director of the CitareTx venture fund management and operating company. Pederson is a former executive vice president and chief operating officer of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

News release courtesy of the Texas A&M University System:

Dr. Nancy W. Dickey announced today she is resigning as president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs for The Texas A&M University System, effective immediately. For the past 11 years, Dr. Dickey’s leadership as president has transformed the Texas A&M Health Science Center into a major academic health center, catapulting it from $10 million per year in research to $80 million per year, growing from four to six colleges, adding three new campuses, and more than doubling the school’s enrollment from 880 to 2,100 students.

“Dr. Dickey has been a committed and forceful leader of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and we owe her a debt of gratitude,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the A&M System.

“For the last 11 years, the administration of the health-related programs of the Texas A&M System has essentially been my life,” said Dr. Dickey. “Effective today, I am resigning my current role. The impending merger of the TAMHSC into the university seems an appropriate time for new leadership to take the helm. This is an opportunity for me to return to my passion regarding health policy, health care delivery solutions, medical ethics, and professionalism – and the importance of these topics in the education of health professionals. These are exciting times for the A&M System and Texas A&M University; the move of the health-related programs into the core of the university can only enhance the climb to greater accomplishment and recognition.”

E.J. “Jere” Pederson, former executive vice president and chief operating officer of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, will serve as acting head of TAMHSC and will be voted on as interim head at the November Board of Regents meeting. Pederson is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio and has been actively involved in health care administration for over 30 years.

Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, president of Texas A&M, has known Pederson for many years when they both worked in Galveston. “I have known Jere to be a tireless and effective health care professional who understands the challenges we face in this very important transition period. We are fortunate to have him on our team, as we build upon the TAMHSC’s foundation and work to advance Texas A&M’s unique position at the intersection of human, animal and plant health.”

Under Dr. Dickey’s direction, the state has benefitted from an innovative model of health professions education that has rapidly and efficiently doubled the size of the College of Medicine enrollment to 200 students per year across four campuses while producing students who regularly lead the state in licensure pass rates. Dr. Dickey also brought to fruition the Rangel College of Pharmacy, which is the first professional school to serve South Texas and is rapidly addressing the shortage of pharmacists in the region. She initiated a highly effective College of Nursing whose graduates are helping fill vacancies in hospitals across the state, and founded the Rural and Community Health Institute which is poised to dramatically improve the quality of care for Texans.

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Posted by on Oct 9 2012. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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