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The Collat School of Business recently received a $125,000 gift from Amy and Duane Donner for its Healthcare Leadership Academy. Founded in 2009, the academy is a joint collaboration between the Collat School of Business and School of Medicine, and it has helped the university retain promising health-focused faculty and staff. The academy’s mission is to identify and develop future leaders of the UAB academic medical center.

“This generous gift highlights the Donners’ continuing commitment to helping the Collat School of Business equip UAB’s health professionals with the highest-quality business training and the skills needed to lead in a turbulent health care environment,” said Eric Jack, Ph.D., dean of the Collat School of Business. “Leaders aren’t born; they’re developed. Our program helps them develop these leadership skills by reflecting on themselves, their organizations and the wider world.”

Program graduates represent all six health profession schools, including the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Optometry, Public Health and Health Professions, as well as administrators, including those from the UAB Health System, University Hospital, the Kirklin Clinic and the faculty practice plan.

Participants receive a broader understanding of the responsibilities of leaders, new perspectives on the critical leadership and managerial issues they face, and a deeper understanding and awareness of concepts and techniques relevant to management.

Duane Donner is the managing partner of Founders Investment Banking, which, along with the Dore’ Foundation, helped found the academy. The two organizations have donated $700,000 to this collaborative group since its inception, with UAB adding $250,000.

To date, 120 faculty members and nonfaculty administrators have participated in the HLA, including Jeanetta Keller, Ph.D., chief administrative officer of the UAB Health System; Jeremy Thomas, M.D., medical director of the UAB Emergency Department; and Mike Chen, M.D., chief of staff for UAB Pediatric Surgery.

By Marie Sutton