Thomas Fairchild, PhD

Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Excellence

thomas fairchildDr. Thomas J. Fairchild is responsible for leading institutional performance through ongoing process improvement and quality enhancement activities. He leads all strategic planning and performance measures efforts and has responsibility for reaffirmation efforts for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

He also serves as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health.

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 & Medical Services, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Administration on Aging, and various other foundations and organizations.

His primary interests are quality improvement, leadership, organizational culture and strategic management. He also has done extensive work related to developing and implementing educational programs for faculty and staff related to leadership and strategic planning. Dr. Fairchild is the Co-PI 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.

Dr. Fairchild received his BS in Management and his MA in Sociology from Wayne State University. He completed his PhD 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 of numerous associations, including the Assisted Living Federation of America, the 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 the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and is a fellow in the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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