News | Published September 16, 2013

Mount Nittany Health announces Thomas and Best to Executive Board Leadership

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce appointment of James B. Thomas, PhD, as the Board’s Chair, replacing the previous chair Carl Anderson who accepted a promotion and relocation with his company; and Patricia L. Best, DEd, as Vice Chair for the Board of Directors.

“We are tremendously grateful to Dr. Thomas and Dr. Best for continuing their service to Mount Nittany Health and taking on the responsibility as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board,” said Steve Brown, FACHE, president and CEO of Mount Nittany Health. “The Board Members spend countless hours serving the community by providing leadership and governance of the mission of Mount Nittany Health and our services. In addition, we deeply appreciate the dedication and service of Carl Anderson, our past chair and current member of our Medical Center Board. Under Carl’s leadership, we’ve moved Mount Nittany Health forward in our mission of making people healthier, and we wish Carl continued success in his new position with Hanover Foods.”

Dr. Thomas is a current William Elliott Professor of Risk and Management at The Pennsylvania State University and served as dean of Penn State’s Smeal College of Business from 2006 through June 2012. He began his career at Penn State as an assistant professor in 1987, served as Smeal’s senior associate dean from 1997 through 1999, and then was dean of PSU’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) from 1999 through 2006 A graduate of The Penn State, Dr. Thomas received a master’s degree in government from Florida State University and a doctorate in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Thomas has served since 2008, most recently as Vice Chair for the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Best, who recently served as a member of Mount Nittany Medical Center’s board of trustees since 2010 before her appointment to Vice Chair for Board of the Health System, has more than 40 years of experience in administrative leadership, education and counseling. Dr. Best serves on the Patient Care committee and the Audit committee. She holds a doctorate in counselor education from The Pennsylvania State University and is a retired superintendent of schools in the State College Area School District. Active in a number of community and professional organizations, she is a member of the College of Education’s Alumni Society Board and past chairperson and board member of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, as well as an advisory board member of the Children’s Advocacy Center. A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education (French/English), Dr. Best received a master’s degree in English education from Ohio State University.

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