HSC Names Chief Information Officer

February 13, 2004

February 13, 2004
Contact: John Holder (979) 458-0669
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
Office of Communications
Lett Named Chief Information Officer at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center

Jefferson Lett has been named to the position of chief information officer (CIO) at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. The appointment was effective February 2. Lett brings an impressive degree of experience and knowledge to the position. Prior to coming to the A&M Health Science Center, he served as senior director for technology and telecommunications at Tenet HealthSystem, Inc., in Dallas. In that capacity, he directed the efforts of 120 facility information systems directors, 200 contract personnel and several staff members. He was responsible for tactical and strategic operations of data network, mid-range, mainframe and telecommunications systems.

He also held responsible information management positions for Bank One and Southwest Securities in the Dallas area. From 1983 to 1994, he served as a tactical information systems manager in the U.S. Navy, where he was responsible for the design, evaluation, implementation and documentation of engineering equipment and services relating to the F-14A aircraft.
“The combination of our widely distributed campuses, and the emergence of information technology as vitally important in health and education, makes the HSC’s IT leadership position particularly important,” said Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., president of the health science center and vice chancellor for health affairs for the A&M System. “Mr. Lett’s background in a variety of information technology positions will serve us well. I am confident our HSC will thrive under his leadership.”
The chief information officer at the A&M Health Science Center provides leadership for the effective integration of appropriate information technologies into telemedicine, medical informatics, research distance education and administrative activities at the A&M Health Science Center.
The CIO is responsible for guiding and supervising development of policies and procedures to ensure smooth and capable operations of the Health Science Center’s information technology unit. The position also involves management of the budget and administrative functions of the information technology unit and working with HSC faculty and staff to develop and expand information technologies to support the education, administrative, research, clinical and outreach missions.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

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