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The Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program

Achieving Greater Diversity in Healthcare Leadership

Thomas C. Dolan

Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, FASAE

"We are a diverse nation and becoming ever more so. As such, we should develop diverse leaders to serve our communities"


During its 2013 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, the American College of Healthcare Executives honored its retiring president and chief executive officer, Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, FASAE. The creation of the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program honors Tom's long-standing service to the profession of healthcare leadership and is designed to further his pioneering commitment to achieving greater diversity among senior healthcare leaders.

Tom's personal commitment to diversity dates back to the 1970s when as a professor of healthcare management he witnessed the impact of gender bias on the part of preceptors who did not want female administrative interns.

When discussing the origins of his focus on diversity, Tom emphasizes that not only does it make sense to utilize everyone to their fullest potential, more importantly, it is the right thing to do. Tom also stresses the growing diversity of the communities served by healthcare organizations. “We are a diverse nation and becoming ever more so,” he says. “As such, we should develop and serve our communities with diverse leaders.”

When Tom became president and CEO of ACHE in 1991, he initiated ACHE's first study on racial comparisons of career attainment. That led to the evolution of ACHE's platform for diversity initiatives including policy statements, internships, scholarships and active relationships with the Institute for Diversity in Health Management—which ACHE helped found”Asian Health Care Leaders Association, National Association of Health Services Executives and National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives.

Tom's leadership and personal commitment to diversity have made ACHE a model in its own right and benefitted many individuals directly and indirectly as they have pursued their careers as healthcare executives.

Tom retired from ACHE in May 2013 after more than 26 years of service. Join ACHE in honoring his long-standing service to the profession and furthering his steadfast goal of achieving greater diversity among senior healthcare leaders. Make a donation to the Foundation of ACHE to support the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program.

For more information about supporting the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program, please contact Catie Russo, program coordinator, Development, at (312) 424-9301 or crusso@ache.org.