College Hires New Chief Information OfficerFebruary 18, 2019
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has named Richard T. “Rick” Smith, MBA, as the College’s Chief Information Officer,
effective February 25. In this role, he will direct the information and data integrity
of the College as well as all information technology (IT) functions. In addition, he will work closely with the chief information security officer to ensure the College’s IT systems are best prepared to combat security breaches
and other vulnerability issues.
Mr. Smith brings more than two decades of experience leading the technological development
of architecture and application development frameworks in a variety of industries.
Most recently, he served as vice president of corporate information technology at
Elwyn, one of the largest human service organizations in the U.S., located in Media,
Pennsylvania. In that role, he worked to improve the efficiency and effectiveness
of that organization’s IT infrastructure, which positively impacted roughly 3,500
“Rick’s breadth of experience developing, improving and managing effective IT systems
in several industries—including healthcare—make him an ideal fit for this role as
PCOM continues to expand both geographically and academically,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and CEO. “I am confident he will be a strong asset in helping our institution
keep pace with the increasing digitization of the healthcare field.”
”The role of chief information officer continues to evolve as we progress through
the digital revolution. The CIO of the future needs to be an inspirational leader
and strategic partner of the business that consistently delivers results, exceeds
the expectations of all stakeholders and maximizes the business value delivered via
technology,” said Mr. Smith. “I am excited to become a member of the PCOM team where
we will continue to innovate and lead in higher education.”
Mr. Smith received his master’s in business administration and his bachelor’s in management
information systems both from St. Joseph’s University. He lives in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
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Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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