$1 Million Gift from Trinity University Alumnus to Support Health Care Administration Program


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Wayne T. Smith ’72

SAN ANTONIO — Nationally known health care executive and Trinity graduate, Wayne T. Smith ’72 and his wife Cheryl, have pledged $1 million to support the University’s Health Care Administration program and Center for Leadership Development in Health Management.  The gift gives a big boost to Trinity’s Campaign for Health Care Administration, a fundraising initiative to enhance preparation of the next generation of innovative health care leaders.


“Trinity University is very grateful to Wayne and Cheryl Smith for this gift and the many ways they support our program,” said Trinity President Dennis A. Ahlburg. “The need for health care leaders who are capable of exceptional management improvements and innovation has never been greater; the Smiths’ gift will go a long way to help Trinity prepare these future professionals.”


Wayne Smith is chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems. Headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., Community Health Systems is one of the country’s leading operators of general acute care hospitals. For the last eight years, Smith has been selected by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.” He is also the recipient of Trinity’s Leonard Duce Award, which annually honors a program graduate who has made a significant contribution to the field of health care management.


“As a health care leader, Wayne Smith recognizes the importance of combining strong business skills with a passion for improving people’s lives,” said Mary Stefl, chair of the department of Health Care Administration.   “His gift will create a legacy for future health care professionals.”


“Cheryl and I are delighted to support Trinity University and its efforts to positively impact health care by offering outstanding, innovative educational opportunities to prepare and inspire future leaders of our industry,” said Smith.


Key goals of Trinity’s Campaign for Health Care Administration are to build on the graduate program’s reputation as a national center for excellence in health care leadership by enhancing curricular offerings and faculty development, further development of the Center for Leadership Development in Health Management, and by providing fellowships and other financial aid to students.


Trinity’s Health Care Administration program has been accredited continuously since 1969 by the Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Management Education. The program has been recognized as one of the top programs in health care management by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Trinity offers two options for obtaining a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, an on-campus program that emphasizes coursework and a 12-month residency, and the executive program for individuals working in a health care setting who can participate in distance learning. Both are equivalent in terms of quality, rigor, and curricular content.


Trinity University, founded in 1869, is one of the nation’s top private institutions offering a full range of study for undergraduates and select graduate programs. Noted for its superior academic quality, outstanding faculty, and exceptional academic and residential resources, Trinity is committed to the intellectual, civic, and professional preparation of its students.