Introducing Tony German (class of 1993), Executive Director of Sloan
Anthony “Tony” German ’93 recently accepted an offer to return to Cornell as the new Executive Director for the Sloan Program in Health Administration. Tony credits his professional success to the many people he encountered as a graduate student. From the support and dedication of Sloan alumni to the genuine commitment of the faculty and staff in Human Ecology, Tony readily admits that Cornell, Human Ecology, and Sloan opened doors that would not have existed anywhere else. In Tony’s letter to the search committee he stated: “I’m ready to give back, provide leadership and serve as a resource for students that are in the same place I was 22 years ago. The world of healthcare is rapidly changing and I am excited to come back to participate in guiding and developing the program that played such a large role in my success and that also cultivates out some of the industry’s leading innovators. ”
Tony brings to Cornell 22+ years of experience in a number of different organizations. Following his graduation from the Sloan Program, Tony spent much of his career working with ambulatory surgery centers, serving as Administrator/CEO of a number of freestanding surgery centers, and as a multi-facility Regional Vice President for a national surgery center and hospital group. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of a surgery center trade and advocacy association. In addition to his experience with surgery centers, Tony also worked as the start-up CEO for a new hospital and spent time outside of healthcare in a leadership role with a private entrepreneurial business.
Immediately before joining the Sloan leadership team, Tony served in a policy and advocacy leadership role as Executive Director of the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society, one of the largest surgery center advocacy associations in the country. In this role, Tony built upon his broad operational and regulatory knowledge to represent over 430 surgery center facility members on a variety of state and national health policy issues. Tony’s experience beyond healthcare operations will provide Human Ecology with access to someone who has been actively engaged in influencing health policy, which will be valuable not only for the Sloan Program but with other programs like the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) and the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures.
Tony has been an active volunteer since he graduated as a past Sloan Wagner Lecturer, and has been actively involved in both helping to recruit students and on providing assistance to students looking for internships and jobs for many years.
Alumni and Executives-in-Residence (EIRs) Joe Tasse ’79 and Denise Boudreau-Scott ’94, who both wrote letters of recommendation for Tony’s candidacy, commented that in addition to his excellent skills and experience, Tony’s expertise in the ambulatory arena will be particularly valuable. The dramatically changing healthcare landscape has care shifting from the inpatient and hospital setting to ambulatory and non-traditional provider settings. Tony’s background in freestanding ambulatory facilities and outpatient services will increase Sloan students’ exposure to provider models and operating philosophies beyond the traditional hospital setting. This viewpoint will be crucial as students continue to develop their understanding of how ambulatory providers work and as they begin to make connections and explore potential career opportunities.
Tony, his wife Deborah, and their two daughters, Victoria and Sophie, have called Texas home for more than 17 years and will be moving to Ithaca from Austin. They have always liked the Ithaca community and are looking forward to moving closer to Tony’s family and roots in New England. An avid cyclist, Tony will be trading the roads of the Texas Hill Country for those of the beautiful Finger Lakes area. In addition to cycling, Tony has had a life-long passion for photography and continues to be an active skier long after learning how to ski in his backyard while growing up in Vermont. Everyone at Sloan is also ready and excited to welcome Tony back to campus and Sloan in his new role!