Ambassador Randall Tobias, U.S. global AIDS coordinator, has been selected as an honorary fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The award comes shortly after President Bush announced his intention to name Tobias as the nation's first director of U.S. foreign assistance and to nominate him as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Tobias, 64, started in healthcare as chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Co. 13 years ago, and before that served as chairman and CEO of AT&T International. Before his appointment as the first U.S. global AIDS coordinator in 2003, he pursued philanthropic endeavors and published a book about lessons in leadership titled Put the Moose on the Table. After earning his bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1964, Tobias served as an artillery officer in the Army on active duty for two years.
Tobias says building infrastructure and healthcare capacity is the biggest challenge facing the developing world.
"What I mean is that the nations hit hardest by the AIDS pandemic must be increasingly able to sustain their own responses, rather than relying entirely on outside donors," Tobias says.