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Norm Archibald retires from Hendrick Health; Jay Hardaway to join Hendrick team

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Norm Archibald retires from Hendrick Health; Jay Hardaway to join Hendrick team

(Norm Archibald, left, and Jay Hardaway)

Hendrick Health executive Norm Archibald is retiring after 30 years of service, effective May 30. Assuming his responsibilities as director of legislative affairs and public policy will be Abilene-native Jay Hardaway.

Archibald, who was mayor of Abilene from 2004 to 2017, led the Hendrick Medical Center Foundation for 26 years, holding several titles during his tenure, including vice president and consultant for planned giving. In his most recent role at Hendrick, Archibald leveraged his expansive governmental experience to provide state and local public officials insight on governmental issues impacting hospitals and healthcare.

“Norm leaves an indelible legacy not only at Hendrick but also on the city of Abilene,” said Brad Holland, president and CEO of Hendrick Health. “Just as he is an unmatched champion of this community, Norm bolstered Hendrick Health. He played a key role in the health system’s growth as well as in the local expansion of educational opportunities for careers in healthcare.”

During Archibald’s leadership at the foundation, approximately $100 million was raised for new facilities and expanded services.

A native of San Benito, Texas, Archibald earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and a second master’s degree from Abilene Christian University (ACU). He also earned a doctorate in education from Texas Tech University. After relocating to Huntsville, Texas, Norm and his wife, Nancy, returned to Abilene where he has remained.

Archibald was named Abilene’s “2017 Outstanding Citizen of the Year” by the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. Among his list of many accomplishments, he worked to bring a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus to the city, located just south of Hendrick Health.

Hardaway is not new to Hendrick, as he has served as a member and vice chair of Hendrick Medical Center Foundation Board. He brings extensive local, state and national legislative experience to his new role. He held senior staff positions in the United States House of Representatives as a district director (19th Congressional District) and the Texas House of Representatives as senior policy advisor (House District 71). Hardaway also served as a member of the Abilene City Council (2014-2017).

In addition, Hardaway has worked as an analyst and associate at Pennybacker Capital and has experience managing a consulting firm, West Texas Strategies. He also serves as a member of the management team and investment committee at The Albany Group, a private investment firm with offices in Texas and North Carolina.

Hardaway grew up in Abilene and graduated from Abilene Christian High School and McMurry University. He is active in numerous community events and organizations and is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Abilene. He previously was named as an Abilene Reporter-News “20 Under 40” recipient.