Leadership and Board

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Douglas D. Hawthorne

Hawthorne retired from Texas Health Resources as the Founding Chief Executive Officer Emeritus on December 31, 2019, after fifty years of service with the same health care organization. He now serves in an advisory role to numerous organizations both locally and nationally.

Hawthorne is no stranger to Dallas College and its foundation. He has been part of the executive leadership for the Foundation’s board of directors since 2005 was instrumental in launching a partnership between Texas Health Resources and El Centro in 2004 that has prepared his company’s employees to become registered nurses. Hawthorne also served on a steering committee of local business and civic leaders to advocate passage of DCCCD’s $450-million bond proposal that was approved by voters in May 2004.

Douglas D. Hawthorne, LFACHE, became Founding Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of Texas Health Resources on Sept. 1, 2014, upon stepping down as Chief Executive Officer. Texas Health, based in Arlington, is one of the nation’s largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems. The system includes Texas Health Physicians Group and hospitals under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. 

Under Hawthorne's leadership, Texas Health and its member organizations have received numerous awards. Four hospitals within Texas Health have been named among the Top 100 Hospitals in America nationally and regionally or for clinical excellence. The Greater Dallas Community Relations Commission and Dallas Together Forum have honored Texas Health for its commitment to diversity.

In 1995 and 1998, the American Hospital Association presented Texas Health with its coveted NOVA Award for outstanding community service. In addition to helping lead the formation of Texas Health, Hawthorne's other notable career achievements include six mentions in seven years (2003-2009) in Modern Health care magazine's list of 100 Most Powerful People in Health Care.

He is a Fellow in the American College of Health care Executives. He earned both his bachelor’s and master's degrees in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.