Thomas Fairchild, PhD

Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Excellence

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Dr. Thomas J. Fairchild is responsible for leading all strategic planning and performance measures efforts. He also is accountable for driving institutional performance through ongoing process improvement and quality enhancement activities. He also has responsibility for accreditation efforts related to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

He has appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health and as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

For more than 37 years, Dr. Fairchild has been involved in the field of gerontology and health services management. His research has been sponsored by grants from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services; National Institutes of Health the National Science Foundation, the Administration on Aging, and various foundations.

His primary interests are quality improvement, leadership, organizational culture, and strategic management. He has also done extensive work related to developing and implementing educational programs for faculty and staff related to leadership and strategic planning. Dr. Fairchild is the Principal Investigator for the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium (TARC) at UNTHSC. TARC is a state-funded collaboration between five of the state’s leading medical research institutions to improve early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. He is also the Principal Investigator on a project funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services dealing with innovative delivery models related to transitions of care from skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, independent living and home health to hospitals.

Dr. Fairchild received his B.S. in management and his M.A. in sociology from Wayne State University. He completed his Ph.D. in sociology with a specialization in aging from Wayne State University. Prior to joining UNTHSC, he was a member of the faculty and chair at the Center for Studies in Aging at the University of North Texas.

He is a member and has served on the boards and committees of numerous associations including the Assisted Living Federation of America, Leading Age (formally American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging), the Gerontological Society of America, Fort Worth Sister Cities International, and Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County, Inc. He received the Distinguished Service Award from Leading Age and is a fellow in the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Finally he currently is a member of the Kisco Senior Living Advisory Board.

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