Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., president of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs for the A&M System, has been awarded a honorary doctor of science degree from Mercer University’s School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia.
“Mercer University honored Dr. Dickey with a doctor of science degree because of her commitment and contributions to the medical profession and her pursuit of excellence in health professions education,” said W. Douglas Skelton, M.D., senior vice president and provost for health affairs, Mercer University School of Medicine.
“We honored Dr. Dickey as a professional colleague who has demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism, leadership and service,” added Ann C. Jobe, M.D., M.S.N., dean, Mercer University School of Medicine. “We look forward to future opportunities to collaborate with Dr. Dickey and improve the health of those we serve.”
Dickey, who gave the commencement address at Mercer, received the honorary degree on May 31. She encouraged graduates, as they began their careers in the health professions, to maintain a sense of awe and spirit of wonder and excitement; to cultivate a balance between humanity and science; to obey the dictates of their consciences; and to remember that medicine is not just a profession but a calling.
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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