The interim head of Texas A&M's Health Science Center is stepping down, as he had committed to doing a year ago.
Jere Pederson will relinquish his title of interim chief operating officer of the HSC October 1 unless a new interim has not been selected. Pederson also committed to working with his successor in the transition.
In a letter, Pederson wrote that he had been charged with two major tasks: complete the process of bringing the HSC under the university's umbrella, and reach a new affiliation agreement with Scott & White Hospital.
"On July 15, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved the merger between the Texas A&M Health Science Center and Texas A&M University," Pederson noted in the letter. "This month, August, the affiliation agreement between TAMHSC and Scott & White Hospital was approved and executed. Additionally, the Health Science Center completed a successful legislative session with a substantial increase in funding including long sought funding for the small class supplement."
Pederson thanked the staff of the HSC and A&M leadership for their help and work during his tenure.
"I am confident with the quality of our faculty, staff, and students, as well as our hospital partners, The Texas A&M Health Science Center will continue to achieve even greater success within the structure that has been established as an independent entity within Texas A&M University," he wrote. "I wish you God's speed."
A&M System Chancellor John Sharp and A&M President R. Bowen Loftin released statements concerning Pederson's decision and service.
“I have had the privilege of knowing Jere Pederson for the majority of my adult life, and there is not a better human being that I have encountered – much less as a trusted friend," Sharp said. "From his day's managing the UTMB healthcare system to his current assignment here at Texas A&M University, Jere has done outstanding work and is recognized as one of the best administrators in this state and in my opinion, in the country. It is never easy to lose a great employee, but less easy to lose such a dedicated public servant. We were very fortunate to have Jere during this transition and I sincerely hope he will always feel a bond to this great university.”
“Mr. Pederson has ably served the institution in a manner consistent with the integrity and foresight that have been hallmarks of his career in the health science field. In particular, he effectively led the Health Science Center through its merger with Texas A&M University," Loftin added. "I will immediately begin working with appropriate constituencies to identify an interim replacement to ensure a seamless leadership transition on October 1.”