(COLLEGE STATION) — The Texas A&M Health Science Center will hold academic convocation at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2006, at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. At this time, the Health Science Center will be affirming its commitment to the health of Texans.

The Texas A&M Health Science Center, formed in 1999 as part of the Texas A&M System, brought the health components of the System together into a single unified entity. With five components, located in communities throughout Texas, the Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research.

Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., president of the Health Science Center and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for the Texas A&M System will present six Presidential Awards for Excellence, which represent the breadth of excellence across the Health Science Center.

During the ceremony, Dr. Dickey also will confirm the Health Science Center’s dedication to advancing the knowledge and technologies of healthcare professions, and to bringing Texans the finest in health education, promotion and care.

Keynote speaker Drayton McLane, Jr., chairman of McLane Group, L.P. and CEO and Chairman of the Houston Astros, will address the importance of servant leadership in all aspects of business, including health education.

Acknowledging that servant leadership is the beginning to any great organization, the Health Science Center is united by a belief that all people, regardless of geography, economics or culture, deserve the benefits of compassionate care, superior science and exceptional health education.

The five components, dedicated to the health of Texans, include the 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. Because of the Health Science Center’s integrated efforts, people’s lives are changed—across our state, around the nation and throughout the world.

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