Headshot of Tony Denton wearing navy blue suit jacket and pale yellow tie T. Anthony Denton, JD, MHA
Senior Vice President
Chief Environmental, Social and Governance Officer, U-M Health

T. Anthony Denton took on the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Environmental, Social and Governance Officer on February 1, 2023. In this capacity, Tony will guide our environmental sustainability and carbon neutrality efforts, facilitate a collaborative model to improve health equity through enhanced community presence, social impact and social justice initiatives, and lead assessments to inform appropriate modification of our governance models across U-M Health. Tony also serves as U-M Health's senior executive for community health services and facilities planning and operations.

Previous to this role, Tony served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of U-M Health since January 1, 2016, where he oversaw enterprise areas of clinical laboratories, imaging, facilities and capital project planning, community health services, supply chain and procurement, logistics and support services.

Tony joined U-M in 1981 as an administrative fellow in Academic Health Center Administration. His career evolved, including Human Resources with an emphasis on labor relations, compensation and workforce planning strategies and working on the start-up team for MCare HMO, as manager of Corporate Affairs and Member Services. He transitioned to Hospital Administration in the early 1990s and was later appointed as Executive Director of University Hospitals and Chief Operating Officer in 2004, followed by Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers in 2014-15.

Tony served as chairman of the board of the Michigan Visiting Nurse Corp from 1997-2003 and completed a five-year term as Commissioner on the Board of The Joint Commission. He is currently a Trustee on the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Board of Trustees, a member of the American Hospital Association's Regional Policy Board and Co-Chair of the Center for Health and Research Transformation Board of Directors.

Tony has served on several community boards and councils, including the local Red Cross Board of Directors, the U-M United Way Campaign, local American Heart Association heart walks, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Tony is also an advocate for The Education Project for Homeless Youth and is a board member for Food Gatherers.

Tony earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1979 and his master's degree in Health Services Administration from U-M in 1981, followed by a law degree from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law in 1987.

Get to Know

What is your proudest moment working at Michigan Medicine?​

The great sense of family and team compassion and resilience throughout the COVID pandemic.

What do you love most about the job?

Being able to help others whose main purpose is to make a meaningful difference for patients, families and each other.

What advice would you give others who wish to serve in a similar leadership role?

​Servant leadership is essential - listen, acknowledge, learn from lessons and grow with a goal to be better each day. Leadership growth is a journey.

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