North Carolina AHEC Program
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Director's Message

Last week I formally notified Dean Roper of my intent to retire on December 31 of this year. He and I have talked about this for many months, and I believe the time is right to step down and give someone else the opportunity to lead the North Carolina AHEC Program. It has been a distinct privilege for me to be a part of the AHEC Program for nearly 35 years, and to serve as Program Director for the past 16 years. I believe the mission of AHEC is as relevant today as it was when we were founded in 1972, which is to train a health care workforce to serve the needs of the people of North Carolina, with a special focus on serving vulnerable populations. While the mission is vital, the thing that has been most rewarding is the opportunity I’ve had to work with a remarkably talented and dedicated group of people at all levels in this program. I have also valued working with a terrific group of partners, both within the university system and in health care agencies and organizations throughout North Carolina.

Dean Roper is in the process of appointing a search committee which will assist him in selecting the next NC AHEC Program Director. In the meantime, I look forward to working with all of you in the coming months to continue the exciting work of AHEC.

Tom Bacon, DrPH
Director, North Carolina AHEC Program

Tom Bacon listening to Bill Roper at Medical Faculty Day

Photo above: NC AHEC Program Director Tom Bacon, DrPH, listening to William L. Roper, MD, MPH, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs and CEO of UNC Health Care System, at the AHEC Medical Faculty Day in May 2012.