You might have been surprised today by an announcement from UMC that CEO, Jim Courtney will retire one year from this month. The transition will be smooth. Executive Vice President David Allison will move into the corner office next year and Jim Courtney will remain as advisor for two years after that. That's the kind of stuff you read in a news release.
What is perhaps more interesting is thanks to Lubbock, Texas, Jim Courtney is living the American dream. "A long time ago, 1977, Karen and I moved to Lubbock and I had planned to make this a short stop". said Courtney. He began as a pharmacist at the medical school within ten years, he was President of University Medical Center. And in the 20 years he has been leading UMC, we've seen the creation of the Southwest Cancer Center, the Medical Office Plaza, the Outpatient Pavilion, McInturff Center, and the expansion of the Emergency Center, not to mention UMC has grown from four floors to six.
On Monday, there were no teary goodbyes at the podium. Jim Courtney, again has a plan. "I do plan and look forward to leaving, I do that with the absolute knowledge and conviction that this organization will continue to move forward." Likewise, the Courtneys are moving forward with their plans. As their son Jamie goes to college next year, Jim and Karen are building their dream home in Idaho where the Pharmacist, who came to Lubbock, will begin his retirement at the young age of 53.