Chet Burrell, MPA, Named Chairman of ICOM’s Board of Trustees


Chet Burrell, MPA, has been named Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM), where he has served as a member of the board since 2016. He follows John Goodnow, MHSA, the Founding Chair of ICOM, who will remain a member of the board, but who has decided to step down as Chair.

“Mr. Burrell is an outstanding leader, deeply thoughtful on issues related to education and healthcare, and a highly respected voice on many critical matters,” said Dr. Tracy J. Farnsworth, ICOM President. “It is a stellar endorsement of ICOM’s mission to have Mr. Burrell lead our board.”

Chet Burrell, the father of ICOM’s Founder, Daniel Burrell, JD, has served for over 40 years as the Chair or CEO of many health care companies and organizations in the public, non-profit and for profit sectors.  Most recently he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield — the largest health insurer and health benefit services company in the Mid-Atlantic region, covering 3.4 million members in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. 

“Our aspiration for ICOM is that it serves the needs of Idaho and the five state Mountain West  by helping to educate high quality physicians of the future — particularly in primary care and with a special focus on service in medically underserved areas,” Burrell said. “I am proud to serve along with Dan, John and a dedicated Board of Trustees, President Farnsworth and a superb faculty in helping to make this dream a reality.” 

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