Endowments

L. R. (Rush) Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Services Administration - Based upon the undying devotion of a host of coworkers, employees, students and faculty, Mr. Jordan enabled UAB to form the L. R. “Rush” Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Services Administration upon his retirement from active practice in 1987. This was the first endowed chair at UAB outside the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and was one of the first in the country named for a practicing health care executive.

L. R. (Rush) Jordan Endowed Lectureship in Health Services Administration – Following a long and distinguished career as a health care leader, Rush Jordan spent 15 years with the Department of Health Services Administration mentoring students by helping them secure residencies throughout the country. Upon retirement in 2002, this endowed lectureship was established to sustain his legacy of integrating health care practitioners into the classroom. 

The inaugural L.R. (Rush) Jordan Distinguished Lecturer, who spoke in 2005, was William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE. To see a list of all Jordan lecturers click here.

Van Zile Scott Endowed Lecture – Dr. Scott, a pediatric urologist in Birmingham founded Urology Associates, P.A.; served as Chief of Urology at Children’s Hospital from 1964 to 1976; and was Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Urology at the University of Alabama Medical School for a number of years. He was board certified in urology and was a member of a number of professional associations, including being named a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was also one of the original founders and first Chairman of the Board of Brookwood Hospital. When Dr. Scott retired from the private practice of medicine in 1960, friends sponsored this endowment to honor his legacy as a clinician and healthcare leader.

Howard W. Houser Endowed Professorship – To honor the extraordinary leadership that Dr. Houser provided in over 40 years of service at UAB, friends, colleagues and former students contributed to the formation of this endowed professorship. The University believes that this is a fitting honor of Dr. Houser’s accomplishments and pays tribute to his contributions to the School of Health Professions, Department of Health Services Administration and multiple generations of health care leaders.