Published on January 04, 2019



Dennard has served as Administrator for Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA since 2009, and has held a variety of roles during his 20 year career in healthcare.

KINSTON, North Carolina (January 4, 2019) – UNC Lenoir Health Care’s Board of Directors has named James D. Dennard, Jr. as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer (CEO).  Dennard has served as Administrator for Gwinnett Medical Center for the last 10 years.

“Jay brings a wealth of experience in providing high quality, patient-focused health care and has successfully implemented strategies proven to strengthen healthcare delivery,” said Ray Collier, chairman of the UNC Lenoir Health Care Board of Directors. “We performed a nationwide search and reviewed a number of candidate resumes prior to hosting several in our community. We are confident that we have found an exceptional leader who understands today’s healthcare challenges and will be a valued member of our community.” 

A national CEO search began in July following the retirement of former president and CEO, Gary Black, FACHE.  Jeannette Skinner, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, has served as interim CEO since July. 

“We are pleased to have someone with Jay’s background and experience join the UNC Health Care family to lead UNC Lenoir,” said Chris Ellington, president of network hospitals for UNC Health Care.  

Dennard, a native of Georgia, earned his Bachelors in Business Administration at Georgia Southwestern State University, Masters of Public Administration from Columbus State University, Masters of Health Administration from Georgia State University, and Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University. He is also a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow with the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

“I look forward to working with the board of directors, medical staff,  UNC Lenoir team and community to continue the good work being done at Lenoir. My wife and I are excited about moving to the area and getting to know the community,” said Dennard.

Dennard starts in his new position in early March.