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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:24 am, Wed Oct 10, 2012.

Dr. Nancy Dickey has resigned as president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs effective immediately.

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp appointed E.J. "Jere" Pederson, former executive vice president and chief operating officer of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, as acting head of TAMHSC.

Dickey said in a Texas A&M press release Tuesday that the timing of the announcement was impacted by the A&M System's decision to transfer direct control of the health science center from the system to Texas A&M University.

"For the last 11 years, the administration of the health-related programs of the Texas A&M System has essentially been my life," said Dickey in the press release. "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."

Dickey, who has taught classes throughout her career, will return to the health science center faculty, said Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin.

Dickey will likely retire as the final president of the Health Science Center as an independent institution. It spans six colleges across the state for doctors, nurses, dentists and academics.

Texas A&M University System officials hope to merge the center into the flagship university by January 2013. The transfer is dependent on approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of College and Schools.

It is unclear how big of a role the proposed oversight transfer played in the decorated administrator's decision to step down. Dickey did not return a request for comment from The Eagle.

Since Dickey took over as president in January 2002, the center has grown from four to six colleges, added three campuses and doubled enrollment from 880 to 2,100 students.

Dickey had a decorated career before coming to A&M. She was the first woman president of the American Medical Association and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2007 and the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 2010. She has been awarded a slew of medals and recognitions, including six honorary doctorate degrees in science and law.

Sharp did not return a request for comment but was quoted in the press release.

Loftin called Pederson a good friend and said Texas A&M shouldn't miss a beat during the administrative transition.

"He comes into this as a very seasoned administrator," Loftin said. "He's done this a very long time."

Pederson will be voted on as interim head at the next board of regents meeting in November.

Dickey is the second high-ranking Texas A&M official to resign, effective immediately, this month. Jeffrey Seemann, Texas A&M's vice president for research, resigned on Oct. 3.

"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," Sharp said in the release.

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  • master of disaster posted at 9:12 pm on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    master of disaster Posts: 373

    Brilliant. We are losing good administrators and attracting the bad. \For example, the new dean isn't quite seasoned enough to hold that position.

  • obasfirst posted at 2:33 pm on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    obasfirst Posts: 556

    One again the eagle has created a mess. Is there any good reason old accounts/screen names had to be deleted as part of the "improvement" to the website? That just introduces problems as can be seen here. the poster "obas" (10:24, Thu, Oct 11) is not the same person as "obas" before the "upgrade".

    The Eagle is starting to act the same as the Texas A&M (and system) administrators. The look is all that matters, content is not that relevant.

  • elf posted at 7:51 pm on Sun, Oct 14, 2012.

    elf Posts: 1427

    Obas--Halalula, your avatar is safe and available for you to reclaim. efl has not been taken as an avatar.

  • spyder sansleg posted at 6:20 pm on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    spyder sansleg Posts: 56

    How does anyone know you're the real johnbob? To top it off, the "real" johnbob has been exposed lying about other things before, so how does anyone know who is who anymore or what to believe?

  • elf posted at 2:18 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

    elf Posts: 1427

    @jake: When treated as a nobody, a person as good as Nancy Dickey needs to say no immediately. Civility tends to go away when people are not treated ethically. Sharp, the BOR and the TPPF apparently think they can somehow turn a profit by getting rid of one of our finest executives.

  • johnbob posted at 12:13 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

    johnbob Posts: 38

    I did say there was going to be an investigation and I forgot to follow up on the last one but stay tuned for the newest investigation. I promise this one is for real.

  • sorospuppet posted at 10:44 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    sorospuppet Posts: 3

    @Johnbob, isn't that what you claimed a few weeks back and nothing came of it. Are you still trying to tell us all that you are a professor and secret investigator?

  • elf posted at 10:43 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    elf Posts: 1427

    Gosh, I thought there was a rule about being truthful and "don't knowing lie about anyone or anything" Perhaps obas needs to be censured also. If the Eagle staff refuses to correct this, it's no longer an acceptable forum to discuss news events.

  • obas posted at 10:24 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    obas Posts: 12

    To the Eagle Staff: Please remove the name "efl" from those registered to make comments. That has been my avatar for a year and somehow it was stolen during the change of the web format. The person using it now is using it maliciously and in my opinion should be barred for making comments on the Eagle.

  • Sabio posted at 4:29 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    Sabio Posts: 1226

    That's hilarious. Someone claiming to be johnbob disclaiming a post that johnbob made under the old web format.

    This could be fun!!

  • agnerd posted at 9:33 am on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    agnerd Posts: 500

    As much as I would hate to see t.u. benefit from this situation. I would love to see them hire her to run their heath science center. It would be a step up for her, and might finally send a message to Sharp that he needs to do what's best for the A&M system, not his own personal interests.

  • agnerd posted at 9:30 am on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    agnerd Posts: 500

    If you don't care to ever work for your current employer again, it's not needed. Further, your company usually won't give you 2 weeks notice before firing you or laying you off, so there's really no reason. Finally, She's Nancy f---ing Dickey. She can get most any job she wants at any time and won't have to answer to a guy like Sharp.

  • elf posted at 12:18 am on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    elf Posts: 1427

    To the Eagle Staff: Please remove the name "johnbob" from those registered to make comments. That has been my avatar for a year and somhow it was stolen during the change of the web format. The person using it now is using it maliciously and in my opinion should be barred for making comments on the Eagle.

  • elf posted at 11:44 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    elf Posts: 1427

    Funny, I tried to get my old name and somebody decided to steal it. I couldn't get my old name when we changed web formats. Now I know why. Real funny.

  • johnbob posted at 10:52 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    johnbob Posts: 38

    I am launching a secret investigation of the administration at TAMU. Stay tuned.

  • the real slim shady posted at 8:22 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    the real slim shady Posts: 350

    Nancy Dickey, the Texas A&M Health Science Center thrived under your leadership. You will be missed.

  • jake posted at 7:48 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    jake Posts: 112

    OK, this might be a stupid question, but what happened to the two weeks notice I grew up with.

  • megalexis posted at 6:35 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    megalexis Posts: 2

    Sharp and the board of regents have IMO signed the death warrant of one of the greatest health care institutions I've ever served. The Health Science Center's separation from TAMU and TAMUS is what allowed it to grow to what it is today. The HSC lacks amount of bureaucracy, inefficiencies, that other academic institutions have. It should be the model for academic growth and efficiency.

    Its a shame that they have forced the resignation of a great leader that truly cares and knows about health care. Dr. Dickey It was a pleasure to have you as our president. Dickey please run for office you have my vote. Maybe one day we can stop the "Sharps" from destroying good programs in the name of bumping numbers.

  • Darren Benson posted at 7:30 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    Darren Benson Posts: 31 Staff

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  • ftw posted at 5:57 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    ftw Posts: 1088

    I left an earlier comment, it appears to be gone mow. I guess this is how the "new site" works.


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