Nowicki named director of School of Health Administration

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
June 11, 2007

Michael Nowicki has been named director of the School of Health Administration at Texas State University-San Marcos, after an extensive national search.

Texas State's School of Health Administration was approved effective Sept. 1, and merges the Departments of Health Administration and Health Services Research.  The school offers graduate programs in healthcare administration, healthcare human resources, health services research, long-term care administration and health informatics, as well as an undergraduate program in healthcare administration.

Nowicki is a professor of health administration at Texas State where his teaching, research, and service have been recognized with several awards.  Prior to joining Texas State in 1986, Nowicki was director of process management in the hospital division of Humana.  He has also held a variety of administrative positions at Valley Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Mich., Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and Lubbock Medical Center.

Nowicki received his doctorate in educational policy studies and evaluation from the University of Kentucky, his master's in healthcare administration from George Washington University and his bachelor's in political science from Texas Tech University.  Nowicki is board-certified in healthcare management and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  Related to ACHE, he has served as founder and advisor of student chapters of, founder and president of the Central Texas chapter, and chair of the national Book-of-the-Year Committee.   Nowicki is also board-certified in healthcare financial management and is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).  Related to HFMA, Nowicki has served as president of the South Texas chapter, regional executive for region 9, and on the national board of directors serving as chair of the chapter services council and the council of forums.  Nowicki has also served on the HFMA Board of Examiners, serving as chair in 2001.

Nowicki has presented financial management seminars to audiences worldwide including the Russian Ministry of Health in Moscow, Russian hospital executives in Golitsyno, Estonian hospital executives in Tallin, Indonesian hospital executives visiting the University of Massachusetts, as well as numerous audiences in the United States.  He  is a frequent speaker at national meetings of the American Hospital Association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, as well as Voluntary Hospitals of America.  He has written numerous articles on leadership in financial management as well as the best-selling textbook The Financial Management of Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations and HFMA's Introduction to Hospital Accounting.