Kyle Cheek

“Always take by choice the job you do not know how to do. By doing so you will build into your life the variety of experience that is required of the public administrator.” - Harlan Cleveland

Home: Chicago, IL

UT Dallas Degree: Master of Public Affairs; PhD – Political Economy
Profession: Vice President - Data and Analytic Services, Emdeon

My Work

I lead Emdeon’s Analytics organization. In this role, I’m responsible for identifying and developing opportunities to create analytic products from one of the largest healthcare data assets in the US. The purpose of our work is to simplify the administration of healthcare.

Prior to joining Emdeon, I spent more than 11 years with Blue Cross Blue Shield and, before that, two years with the City of Dallas. I also led the survey portion of UT Dallas’ SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) reaccreditation self-study in the late 1990’s.

The Value of My Degree

The critical and quantitative analytic skills I developed during the course of my studies at UT Dallas have been foundational to my career arc thus far. In addition, I have directed employees to UT Dallas to develop their own critical and quantitative analytic skills – with notable success.

My EPPS Success

EPPS (POEC when I was there) provided me with a uniquely broad, multidisciplinary program with a strong curriculum, led by a prolific faculty who were supported by strong academic leadership. In addition, I was part of a unique student cohort that challenged one another to excel both academically and professionally.

Advice for EPPS Students

The best advice I can give is the same advice that was handed down to me while I was at UT Dallas – advice attributed to Harlan Cleveland. Dr. Cleveland told his students: “Always take by choice the job you do not know how to do. By doing so you will build into your life the variety of experience that is required of the public administrator. … And when the job at hand no longer demands more than you have to give, go and do something else.”

Other Interests

My primary avocation is continued learning – whether through travel, reading, music, etc.

 

Posted October 2011