A graduate student at the Naveen Jindal School of Management recently earned a regent’s award from the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.
North Texas ACHE Regent John Allen, program manager of the Safe Transitions for the Elderly Patient program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, bestowed the honor on Jakeb Spears, BS’16, now a dual Full-Time MBA and MS in Healthcare Leadership and Management student and immediate past president of the UT Dallas Healthcare Management Association.
According to Allen, members are evaluated on leadership ability, innovative and creative management, executive capability, participation in local activities, participation in civic activities and projects, participation in ACHE activities and interest in assisting ACHE with achieving its objectives.
“Jakeb is recognized for his leadership in planning and executing the New Horizons event held February 20, 2017, at Medical City in Dallas,” Allen stated. “He volunteered from the very start and was instrumental in the success of the event.”
The event brought together seven local CEOs and more than 130 attendees to engage in a round table dialogue about effective leadership — the first time such event ACHE North Texas held the event, Allen explained.
According to Allen, Spears’ efforts included creating marketing materials and recruiting volunteers to help with the program.
“He demonstrated a strong ability to work with others, collaborating and organizing activities with volunteers, ACHE leaders, local healthcare professionals and other stakeholders to ensure the event was executed flawlessly,” Allen stated. “Jakeb’s enthusiasm, leadership, and personal investment in this event makes him deserving of this recognition.”
— Jimmie R. Markham