Gerald GlandonGerald Glandon, Ph.D., professor and chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Health Services Administration (HSA), has been named president and chief executive officer of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Since Glandon’s arrival at UAB in 2001, the HSA department has continued to grow its seven, nationally prominent programs including its Masters of Science in Health Administration which is ranked 5th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

“The fact that the AUPHA selected Jerry for this prestigious position is a testament to his personal leadership skills and the outstanding accomplishments that have occurred in the department during his twelve year tenure as department chair. His selection for this position is a reflection of AUPHA’s ongoing understanding and appreciation of the excellence of our programs and is an example of the field looking, once again, to the department for national and international leadership,” said Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., dean, UAB School of Health Professions. “We thank Jerry for his dedication and leadership and wish him the best as he enters the next chapter of his career.”

The AUPHA, a global network of colleges, universities, faculty and organizations with more than 400 members, works to improve health care delivery through health care management and policy education. It is the only non-profit of its kind to focus on the education of health care leaders as a way to improve the delivery of health services.

“I am grateful for my time at UAB where we have been able to shape leaders for the health care delivery system," said Glandon. "Our impact has been in Alabama, the Southeast, the U.S. and around the world through research involving health care organizations and by teaching current and future health care leaders."

“UAB has always offered and will continue to offer students a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the conceptual, philosophical, and applied aspects of the health administrative processes.” ~Gerald Glandon, Ph.D.

The UAB HSA program offers nationally-recognized undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs, both residential and executive, in the areas of health care management and health informatics. Its programs are known for the quality of their content, their residency/preceptorship opportunities, their international outreach and a strong history of producing graduates who fill major health care leadership roles nationally.

“UAB has always offered and will continue to offer students a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the conceptual, philosophical, and applied aspects of the health administrative processes,” said Glandon. “Building on the rich history of this program I am proud of where HSA is today and I am genuinely excited to watch the program continue to grow and develop in its mission to be recognized as the leader in health management education.”

Dean Jones says the school has already begun an aggressive national search to find Dr. Glandon’s successor. Robert Hernandez, Dr.P.H., director of the department’s doctoral programs and Glandon’s predecessor as chair, and Will Ferniany, Ph.D., UAB Health System CEO and department alumnus, will co-chair the search committee. Jones is optimistic that a new chair will be identified before the end of the calendar year.

“I am confident that we will conclude the search with a strong leader based on the strength and reputation of our programs, the department’s financial position and the resources we can make available to a new hire, our new facilities and the visible support of our alumni community," said Jones. "This will allow us to maintain the momentum we have and further build on the excellence of the department’s programs.”