Who: Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, 52, president of DePaul University in Chicago since 2004.
New role: Board chairman for St. Louis-based Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic health system and the largest U.S. private not-for-profit health system.
Board tenure: Holtschneider joined Ascension's board in 2009. He has served as its audit committee chairman, board vice chairman and interim board chairman through a reorganization of the Ascension board last fall.
Other day jobs: DePaul professor of education; Harvard University faculty member; Boston College faculty member.
On the scope of Ascension: “This is a fascinating board because it's more than just a health delivery system,” Holtschneider said, noting that Ascension comprises a dozen entities, including a group purchasing organization and a venture capital fund, in addition to its health system.
The board's role: “We're working with a leadership team that does not stop asking, 'What do we need to do to serve well in this atmosphere?' ” Ascension's executives “do not stop asking, 'What's next?' ” he said. “The board gives executives a safe place to think through ideas, challenges the executive team and holds them accountable.”