Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Welcomes New Executive Director


The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health National Advisory Board confirmed the appointment of Connie F. Tyne, M.S., former executive vice president of external affairs for The Cooper Institute, to the position of executive director of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.

Tyne brings 18 years of experience including six with the Cooper Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated globally to preventive medicine, adult education and programs that promote fitness and health for adults and children. The remaining 12 years were spent as vice president and executive director of the nationally recognized Cooper Wellness program, which offers realistic and effective strategies for weight loss, fitness and stress management that are medically based, scientifically proven and cost effective. Under Tyne’s leadership, the Cooper Wellness program was proclaimed “one of the top ten places to shed pounds” by USA Today and as a “top spa for weight loss” by Forbes.

Additionally, Tyne speaks to organizations and corporations nationally, has provided health tips each week on Lifetime’s, “My Workout,” that was affiliated with PodFitness.com and served as a member of Southern Living Magazine’s Healthy Living Advisory Board for five years.

TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., said he believes Tyne’s appointment will benefit TTUHSC and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health immensely, as Tyne has many qualifications making her uniquely suited for the role.

“Connie Tyne has a passion for keeping people healthy, particularly women who have been underserved in health care,” Mitchell said. “That is why she is the perfect fit to serve as executive director of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health. She has the heart and the energy for the work that is being conducted, and she has the prior experience and expertise to execute her duties with phenomenal success, just as she did within the Cooper organizations.”

Because differences matter, the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health improves the lives of women and girls through research supporting scientific discoveries unique to women’s health and gender differences, education advancing the knowledge of health care professionals through evidence-based resources and outreach connecting with communities for healthier lives.

For more information about the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, contact Mary Croyle, executive director of the TTUHSC Office of Communications and Marketing at Mary.Croyle@ttuhsc.edu.

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