The annual Dean Duce Award was presented to Jake Henry Jr. ‘74, FACHE for his lifetime achievement in health care administration in Chicago during the ACHE Congress. Each year, the event brings together Trinity University’s Health Care Administration distinguished alumni, current students and faculty to celebrate career achievement. I am always energized by the gathering and have long admired the contrast between lifetime achievement and those beginning their career. For a couple of reasons, this year’s event accentuated the endings and beginnings.
While Jake is certainly not at the end of his career yet, his speech highlighted many tremendous achievements over a long career in health care administration. In addition, we were delighted and saddened as we recognized Michael Fischer’s last event representing Trinity University as the Vice President for Student Life. His support for the University and the Health Care Administration program will certainly live on as he resumes his career as an English professor at Trinity.
We were also able to celebrate a number of our board members, Kevin Ormand ’98, Brett McClung ’92 and John Hyde ’81 as they ended their years of unwavering service on the board. In contrast, we were excited to announce the appointment of three new board members, Alison Joseph Haralson ’99, Matt Chance ’98 and Robert Martin ’03, who will bring fresh perspective to the board. The tradition of giving back to Trinity University’s Health Care Administration program through board representation and guidance will be in great hands for many years to come.
Finally, I was extremely pleased to see all of the current students who were able to attend ACHE and the Duce Award dinner. The faculty and University should be extremely proud of the recent accomplishments. From being ranked as one of the top programs in the nation to winning national case competitions, the faculty and the students continue to improve upon a tremendous legacy. We should all be excited about new beginnings…
James (Jim) C. Bohnsack B.S.’97, M.S.-HCAD’99
President, Trinity University Health Care Administration Alumni Association