Brig Gen Charles Potter, USAF (Ret), Board Member

Charles E. Potter, MA FACHE Charles E. Potter is the Assistant Vice President for University Programs (Southern Region) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is responsible for directing and overseeing the administration and management functions of the Senior Vice President and also upon occasion, represents the University in matter pertaining to its students, faculty, and staff who are training or serving in the Southern Region. He will also provide direct program and advisory support to the Executive Dean, Postgraduate Dental College, and the Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences, as required in support of their missions. His office is located in San Antonio, Texas.

Brig. Gen (ret) Charles E. Potter spent 30 years on Active Duty in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to his retirement in August, 2015, Brig Gen (ret) Potter served as the Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Resources, and the 19th Chief of the Medical Service Corps, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia. As Director of Manpower, Personnel and Resources, he advised the Air Force Surgeon General on all aspects of planning, programming, budgeting, and execution for a $42 billion Defense Health Program manpower portfolio, and a $6.2 billion annual budget supporting 2.6 million beneficiaries and 75 military treatment facilities worldwide.

He was also responsible for personnel policy, force development and staffing requirements for 43,000 active-duty officer, enlisted and civilian personnel and was responsible for all Air Force medical education and training worldwide. As the Corps Chief, Medical Service Corps, General Potter was the senior health care administrator in the Air Force and responsible for accessions, development and management of 960 health care administrative professionals in the corps.

General Potter was born in Lakewood, New Jersey, and graduated from Toms River High School in 1969. He received his Baccalaureate degree from Nyack College in Nyack, New York, in 1973 and his master’s degree from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey in 1982. General Potter joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1980 and received a direct commission as a second lieutenant in the Reserves in 1983. He attended the Health Services Administration Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, in 1984 and reported to his first active duty assignment in 1985.


1973 Bachelor of Science in Education, Nyack College

1982 Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision, Georgian Court University

1987 Squadron Officer School by correspondence

1990 Squadron Officer School in residence

1996 Air Command and Staff by correspondence

2001 Air War College by seminar

2002 Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives, George Washington University

2002 – 2003 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College

2010 Medical Strategic Leadership Program

2012 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia


Distinguished Service Medal

Legion of Merit Bronze Star

Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation

Air Force Meritorious Unit Award

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal Air Force Recognition Ribbon

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with oak leaf cluster Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation


Expert Field Medical Badge

Master Medical Service Corps Badge

2008 Commitment to Excellence Award, Air Combat Command

2012, 2014 Commitment to Excellence Award, Headquarters, U. S. Air Force

2014 American Hospital Association’s Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence


1994 Diplomat in the American College of Healthcare Executives

1999 Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives