from Dr. Byington
December 2016: Greetings from the Dean
With the holiday season upon us, I want to take this opportunity to send heartfelt greetings to you, the students, faculty and staff of our health science center. I am so grateful to be joining this vibrant community and look forward to living and working full-time in Texas beginning in January 2017.
While I had the opportunity to meet and engage with many of you during the interview process, I’d like to share with everyone a few of the reasons I am excited to come back to the Lone Star State and to lead the Texas A&M University Health Science Center.
I was born and raised in Texas and received my undergraduate degree in biology from Texas A&M in 1985. My extended family, which includes many Aggies, lives in Texas. So, this move is a homecoming for me. As a Texan with rural roots, I am committed to the land-grant mission of our university. I want to focus on transforming education for the health professions and developing 21st century models of health care delivery informed by research to address the many needs of our state.
The health science center is uniquely positioned to rise to this challenge. We are advantaged by having the diverse disciplines of the biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health in the service of the state. Combined with the rich expertise of our faculty and the strong sense of selfless service embodied in our students and graduates, we have the capacity to improve the health, and therefore the lives, of so many. This is the primary role we can and should play as a comprehensive academic health center.
Potential is a word that has driven me from my earliest days. It is why I entered medicine and why I became a pediatrician and a physician scientist. It is the unlimited potential that I see in this academic health center that brought me back to Aggieland. While many institutions across the nation are trying to transform health care, I believe Aggies can actually do it by building on our strong traditions, our commitment to excellence and our spirit of innovation.
I have been asked to fill several roles for Texas A&M. I will serve as the Dean of the College of Medicine, the Senior Vice President of the Health Science Center and also the Vice Chancellor for Health Services at the A&M System. I am enthusiastic about bringing together the health-related capacities and functions of our university and System for the first time. In these new roles, I will welcome your input and guidance as we move forward together.
To that end, later this month I am bringing together the first of what will likely be many strategic meetings. I will convene leadership from colleges and units throughout the university to maximize the opportunities before us, identify new ways to leverage our strengths, and find unique ways to improve the health of Texans. I look forward to sharing my vision and strategic approach with all of you in the months to come.
Together, I know we will make a world of difference.
With warmest wishes,
Carrie L. Byington, MD