Trinity University holds a very special place in my heart. As I sit down to write my first entry for Aviso, I am reminded of the many memories, friends, colleagues and opportunities Trinity has provided so many of us. I am excited for the next two years that I get to give back to the University and Health Care Administration program that have meant so much to me.
First and foremost, I want to thank Ashley Hixon '00 for her leadership, dedication and friendship. She has and will continue to represent all of the things that make Trinity a great place. We all continue to marvel at her successes in life and career. To the one Paul Golliher calls "The Kid", we thank you for all that you have done for the program and Trinity University.
The annual Dean Duce award dinner in Chicago was another tremendous success. Again, we congratulate John R. Heer, Jr. '85, FACHE on an amazing career and a well-deserved recognition. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is not an easy accomplishment for any organization, but John was at the helm three times when receiving such an honor. Successful alumni and their career achievements separate Trinity from the rest of the pack.
As we welcome Danny Anderson as the new president on Trinity Hill at the end of May, I must recognize the one consistent figure who has continued to support the Health Care Administration program over the last several years, Interim President Michael Fischer. Each and every year, we are delighted to see Fischer and his wife, Kim, at the award dinner in Chicago. We thank him for his leadership and encouragement and will look forward to working with him for many years to come.
Lastly, we, as alumni of Trinity's Health Care Administration program, are approaching a milestone of 50 years since the HCAD program began. On Thursday, October 8th in San Antonio, we will hold a black tie event at San Antonio Country Club to celebrate with our classmates, colleagues and former Dean Duce award winners. The Alumni Board will be looking to corporate sponsors to help support the future generations of alumni through sponsorships and donations. We hope that you will all attend and do your part to give back to a place that has given us so much.
James (Jim) C. Bohnsack BS '97, MS-HCAD '99
President, Trinity University Health Care Administration Alumni Association
Vice President, Solution and Corporate Development
Conifer Health Solutions, LLC