Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Kirk Aquilla Calhoun of Tyler to the State Health Services Council for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2011. The council makes recommendations to the Department of State Health Services regarding the management, operation, policies and rules for public health, mental health and substance abuse.
Calhoun is president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. He is a member of the National Public Health and Hospital Institute, National Association of Public Hospitals executive committee, Texas Emerging Technology Committee, and American and Texas medical associations. He is also a member of the American College of Physicians, American College of Physician Executives and Smith County Medical Society. He is a board member of the Tyler Economic Development Council, and a past board member of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, East Texas Leadership Council and Vision 2010 Task Force.
Calhoun received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a medical degree from the University of Kansas. He replaces Jaime A. Davidson of Dallas.