Tim Lancaster is retired president and CEO of Hendrick Health System, the leading health care system serving Abilene and the Texas Midwest.
Named Hendrick Health System’s CEO in 2004, Lancaster was only the fourth individual to lead the hospital system in its 96-year history. Under his leadership, the organization undertook and successfully completed Project 2010, an $86 million expansion that added a new surgery center, patient tower, children’s hospital, imaging center, and labor and delivery wing. Following that campaign, Hendrick Hospital, which serves a 19-county area of West Texas, added a hospice center, medical plaza, and emergency department in Abilene, Texas, as well as an outpatient surgery center and medical plaza in Brownwood, Texas. He also helped expand Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s Abilene campus, including the addition of the School of Pharmacy, the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health, and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Abilene.
Lancaster began his career in banking at Lubbock National Bank and transitioned with the organization when it was acquired by RepublicBank. He later pursued a 30-year career in health care, serving at various hospitals across Texas. He served five years as CEO of Cogdell Memorial Hospital in Snyder, Texas, before being named CEO of Brownwood Regional Medical Center in Brownwood.
Passionate about serving health care organizations in his community and state, Lancaster has served on the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association and is past board chairman of Texas Hospital Association, an advocacy group serving more than 500 hospitals across Texas. He also served as chairman of the Texas Association of Voluntary Hospitals, chairman of the Texas Purchasing Coalition, and chair of Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s Advisory Committee on HealthCare. He is a former regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives and was recognized by the organization with both the Early Healthcare Achievement Award and Senior Healthcare Achievement Award.
Appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2013, Lancaster served one term on the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents and held the positions of chairman of the board and vice chairman during his tenure. He is a member of the Texas Tech Alumni Association and the Chancellor’s Council.
As a resident of Brownwood, Texas, Lancaster served on Howard Payne University’s Board of Trustees as well as the city’s Economic Development Committee and Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
For 14 years, Lancaster worked closely with Abilene community leaders on initiatives benefiting Abilene and the Big Country area with service on the Abilene Industrial Foundation and Abilene Improvement Corporation. He also served as chairman of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and was a board member of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Boy Scouts of America, Community Foundation of Abilene, The Grace Museum, United Way. He also served as a deacon of First Baptist Church Abilene. In 2018, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce recognized Lancaster’s years of dedicated service by naming him Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
Lancaster received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas Tech University in 1976, where he was active in his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, serving in various leadership roles including social chairman and pledge trainer. He received a master’s degree in health care administration from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas.
Lancaster and his wife, Regina, have two grown sons, Chad and Chris, who are graduates of Texas Tech University, as are their two daughters-in-law, Lindsay and Meredith. Hoping to continue the tradition, the Lancaster’s four grandsons, Jack, Jet, Shepherd and Hooper are enrolled in the Texas Tech Legacy program.