Adjunct Assistant Professor
James L. (Jim) Decker, DHA, FACHE, is Chief Executive Officer of MEDIC Regional Blood Center in Knoxville, TN, a position he has held since October, 2006. Before joining MEDIC, he served as Senior Vice President of the Baptist Health System of East Tennessee in Knoxville (2001-2006), President and CEO of Gateway Health System in Clarksville, TN (1989-2000), CEO of Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, TN (1984-1989), and Vice President of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, TN (1979-1984).
A Louisiana native, he holds B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Microbiology from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, and a Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is also a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.