SAINT FRANCIS ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBER Gen. John M. Watkins, Jr., U.S.A. (Ret.), To Fill Position

(Hartford, Conn. March 16, 2011) – Gen. John M. Watkins, Jr., U.S.A. (Ret.), of Farmington, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Gen. Watkins retired from the U.S. Army in 1995 after serving on both the staffs of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Chief of Staff of the Army. He was the communications architect for the first Reagan Administration Inauguration. During the Desert Storm War, he provided engineering, communications, and personnel support to the war.

Upon retiring from the Army, Gen. Watkins joined the Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Division of United Technologies Corp. as Chief Information Officer, where his major focus was using computer technology to improve the engineering process to expedite the delivery of aircraft engines to the marketplace. Prior to his retirement from Pratt and Whitney, he initiated and led efforts throughout United Technologies to acquire and implement a standard computing infrastructure resulting in significant financial savings and improved processes and procedures.

Gen. Watkins currently is President of Watkins Consultants, which supports clients’ computer and communication acquisitions. He serves on several corporate boards and is a Past Director of the Connecticut Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is a Past Trustee of Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y.

Gen. Watkins holds bachelor of science and master of business administration degrees. He was selected by the Army to attend The Harvard School for Government Executives and the Stanford University School of Engineering for senior executives. He is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University, specializing in large system acquisitions.

“Gen. Watkins brings with him proven leadership skills coupled with a very progressive business acumen. We are delighted he has joined the ranks of our outstanding Board members,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets. It is the largest Catholic hospital in New England. For more information on Saint Francis, go to