Leadership and Board

Douglas D. Hawthorne

Immediate Past Chairman

Hawthorne is no stranger to the Dallas County Community College District and its foundation. He has been part of the executive leadership for the DCCCD Foundation’s board of directors since 2005 was instrumental in launching a partnership between Texas Health Resources and El Centro College 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.

As CEO of Texas Health Resources, Hawthorne oversees the health system with 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with THR.  The health system includes Texas Health Presbyterian; Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals; a large physician group; outpatient facilities; home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health also has relationships with helicopter air ambulances and other health-related ventures.

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 Healthcare magazine's list of 100 Most Powerful People in Health Care.

Hawthorne currently serves as chair of the Health Leadership Council Executive Task Force on the Uninsured and as a member of the American Hospital Association’s President’s Forum. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He earned both his bachelor’s and master's degrees in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.