David Bachrach

Elected: 2012
Current Term Ends: 2022
Committees: Academic & Student Affairs, Governance & Compensation/Assessment

David Bachrach is president and principal of the Physician Executive's Coach, a Colorado-based nationwide practice through which he provides leadership coaching and advisory services to individual physicians in executive and leadership positions at academic health centers, cancer centers, and teaching hospitals. He founded the business in 1998, and it has provided leadership coaching support to more than 150 physician leaders at some of the nation's leading academic medical centers.

He earned his B.A. in psychology from Ithaca College and an M.B.A. in health services management and hospital administration from the University of Missouri–Columbia.

He has worked his entire career in higher education, serving as a senior executive in several physician-led academic health care organizations, including the University of Michigan Medical School and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He has held concurrent faculty appointments, most recently as professor of health services management at M. D. Anderson. He is a fellow at both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), the latter at which he served as chair in 2002–3. David was the 2011 recipient of the Ithaca College Alumni Association's Professional Achievement Award.

He and wife Linda Podell Bachrach, a fellow 1970 IC graduate, serve as the co-chairs of the Ithaca College Blue & Gold Society and on the School of Humanities and Sciences Advisory Committee. He has also served IC in a variety of volunteer roles, including on the President's Roundtable, on the President's Associates National Committee, and as a regional volunteer and class reunion volunteer.

David has also served as a leader of several professional and community organizations. In 2007 the Medical Group Management Association and ACMPE awarded him the Harry J. Harwick Lifetime Achievement Award. He continues to speak about physician leadership issues and has published more than 25 articles and book chapters, and co-edited a published text on faculty practice plans.

David and Linda live in Boulder, Colorado, and have two grown children.

Favorite memory from my student days:

Meeting Linda while hitchhiking during the summer between freshman and sophomore years . . . and falling in love for life.

What I love best about serving as a trustee:

The challenge of balancing fiduciary responsibility with responsiveness to student, faculty, and staff needs — and wants!

What I think is special or amazing about IC:

It strives to find that perfect "sweet spot" between a liberal arts college and a comprehensive university.