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LECOM Welcomes Former Dell Chief Innovation Officer To Expand Next-Generation Healthcare Education

Bradenton, Fl. — Timothy Novak, D.B.A., M.S.A., FACHT, dean of LECOM’s School of Health Services Administration (SHSA), announced James A. Stikeleather, D.B.A., M.B.A., as the director of LECOM’s new Doctor of Healthcare Administration (D.H.A.) program.

“Dr. Stikeleather brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and innovation which will greatly benefit all our students at LECOM by accelerating early adoption of next-generation healthcare systems applications by our graduates,” said LECOM Senior Vice President, Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O.

Stikeleather is a graduate of the Doctor of Business Administration program at the University of South Florida’s (USF) Muma College of Business. He has served as a USF trustee and a strategic planning adviser and has taught USF MBA programs.

“It is a privilege to again be working with Dr. Stikeleather and to bring his innovation and energy to our D.H.A. program,” said Novak. “Dr. Stikeleather is a former classmate of mine at USF, so I have witnessed firsthand his tremendous insights and passion for bridging academic rigor with next-generation healthcare industry applications.”

Stikeleather has held numerous executive positions, including chief innovation officer at Dell, chief technology officer (CTO) at Perot Systems, CTO at MeadWestvaco, and CTO at New Ventures, a personal entrepreneurial venture reaching 36th on the Inc. 500 list. He is an international speaker, having most recently spoken on future models of business in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Stikeleather is the author of several books, including, “Next Generation Computing” and “Business Innovation in the Cloud.” He has contributed to other works, including Harvard Business Review’s “Guide to Data Analytics Basics for Managers.” Stikeleather has several patents and has been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors. He has taught innovation and business modeling at the Innovation Academy, Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland. Stikeleather has spoken on innovation, analytics, creativity and application of advanced technologies at MIT, Harvard, NASA and many others.

LECOM’s newly launched D.H.A. degree program qualifies healthcare industry professionals as faculty members, preparing them to perform research and teach the business of healthcare at the college level while equipping senior healthcare executives for advanced career opportunities. D.H.A. graduates will have next-generation understanding of artificial intelligence, machine learning and the ability to conduct rigorous research and analysis with the objective of applying the findings to real-world decision making throughout the healthcare industry. For more information on the LECOM D.H.A. program, visit