ACHE starts hunt for new leader as Dolan prepares to step down
WATCH An interview with Dolan at modernhealthcare.com/dolan-video
The American College of Healthcare Executives plans to select a group of finalists by January to replace retiring President and CEO Thomas Dolan.
ACHE Board Chair Gayle Capozzalo will head up the committee that will conduct a nationwide search for Dolan’s successor. An outside search firm will assist, and officials from the Chicago-based ACHE aim to have a replacement chosen in February.
Dolan set his retirement for May 2013. The professional organization’s membership nearly doubled to 40,000 during his 21 years as its leader.
While he won’t have a formal role in the selection of his replacement, Dolan said in an interview that the next ACHE president and CEO should ensure that future healthcare executives are bright, articulate and educated, and that the ACHE should continue to encourage more women and ethnic minorities to enter the field.
“ACHE was out in front in supporting women and people of color in those roles, and we continue to do that,” Dolan said, adding that he wants to continue to help minorities succeed in the field as an executive coach during his retirement.
Dolan also noted that the ranks of physician and nurse administrators have increased and the field is no longer dominated by executives with masters in health administration.
ACHE and its charitable foundation counted more than $25 million in revenue in 2010 and paid Dolan a salary of $833,000, according to tax filings. Revenue from membership dues slowed between 2009 and 2010 to $6.8 million from $6.9 million the year before.
Dolan said establishing the first local ACHE chapters about eight years ago counted as one of his highlights of his tenure. During his tenure, ACHE added 81 such chapters.
His career also included appearing on Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 most influential figures in healthcare every year since the survey’s inception in 2002. The most recent list ranked him at No. 72.
After retirement, the ACHE will give Dolan the honoree title of president emeritus. He’ll also spend the next two years as immediate past president of the International Hospital Federation.
Despite the timing of his announcement, Dolan said the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act had no impact on decision to retire.
“I’ve been thinking about this for quite a few years,” said Dolan, 64. “I think 65 is a normal retirement age—as normal as anything these days.”
Dolan led the ACHE for 21 years.