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Bob Garrett named new chairman of UT Health Northeast Development Board

August 28, 2013

Bob Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Fair Oil Company, has been named chairman of the UT Health Northeast Development Board, succeeding longtime chairman Herb Buie.

Bob Garrett

Bob Garrett

“I am very excited to have Bob Garrett elected as our new board chairman. His energy, enthusiasm, and passion will inspire our 900 employees, scientists, and physicians to do an even better job for our patients and our community,” said Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun, president of UT Health Northeast.

Mr. Garrett has served on the development board for six years.

“It’s exciting to see the advancements that UT Health Northeast has made in the past several years under the leadership of Dr. Calhoun and former board chairman Herb Buie,” Mr. Garrett said.

Dr. Calhoun also praised Mr. Buie, thanking him for “the outstanding job he did on our development board.”

Herb Buie

Herb Buie

Mr. Buie was chairman of the development board for 10 years. In 1988, he was a charter member of the Director’s Associates, the development board’s forerunner. Mr. Buie served on UT Health Northeast boards for more than 25 years.

Mr. Garrett said, “We’re fortunate to have such an outstanding facility and economic driver as UT Health Northeast in our community. We look forward to its continued growth and to increased support from throughout the region.”

Mr. Garrett is a member of the Salvation Army Development Board, the Tyler Economic Development Council, and the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Business-Education Council.

In addition, he currently chairs the City of Tyler Unified Development Code Committee and is vice-president of the R.W. Fair Foundation. Mr. Garrett also is a member of the boards of directors of both Southside Bank and the T.B. Butler Publishing Co.

A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, Mr. Garrett has been a member of SFA’s Board of Regents since 2007, served as chairman from 2010 to 2012, and was recently appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to a second term that expires in 2019.

Mr. Garrett is a real estate developer and has served as president of both the Tyler Area Builders Association and the Texas Association of Builders (TAB). He was named Developer of the Year by the TAB in 2007.

He earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Texas at Tyler and has been named a UT Tyler Distinguished Alumni.

For more than 60 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UT Health Northeast’s annual operating budget of $138.8 million represents a major economic impact of over $347 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UT Health Northeast is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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