The University Record, November 13, 2000

SPH names James P. Fitzgerald its first executive-in-residence

By Amy Reyes
News and Information Services

Ann Arbor health care executive James P. Fitzgerald has been appointed executive-in-residence to the Department of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health (SPH).

The School has entered into a partnership with Superior Consultant Co. to contract Fitzgerald for his services as executive-in-residence. His appointment is intended to enhance the visibility of the program among potential employers.

Fitzgerald, a U-M graduate, is vice president and consultant for Superior Consultant in its Ann Arbor office. He specializes in hospital and health system management strategic planning and marketing. Fitzgerald earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from the Business School in 1961.

“I am extremely pleased to have this opportunity to share my experience with the students and faculty in order to continue the high caliber of the program,” Fitzgerald said.

The Department of Health Management and Policy represents the health care and health policy branches of public health. Students graduate from either one of the department’s two master’s degree programs or from the department’s doctoral program. The department also offers postdoctoral training programs and fellowships.

The School has more than 2,500 students who hold positions in every sector of health care and health policy in such areas as public health administration, health care finance, hospital and clinic management, health care research, and in health-related positions with federal, state and local governments.

“We’re just delighted to have Jim on board. He’s making contacts for us within our industry, making sure our students are interviewed for the top jobs and is keeping us informed of new developments in this very fast-paced field. It’s ideas and people like this who keep our program on top,” said William Weissert, professor and chair of the department.

The 2001 college rankings by U.S. News & World Report ranked the U-M program in health services administration as the top program in the country.