Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Stuart A. Wesbury Jr.
Inducted in 2005
Wesbury worked in many different fields during his career—from pharmacy to hospital administration to academics—before serving as president of the American College of Healthcare Executives for 12 years. One of Wesbury's most controversial maneuvers turned out to be when he pushed for the organization to change its name to the ACHE from its original name—the American College of Hospital Administrators. During his time at the ACHE, Wesbury focused on broadening the membership to include more minorities and women, and his efforts led to the creation of the ACHE's Institute of Diversity. He also increased military and academic involvement, which according a past chairman of the ACHE helped expose the military to contemporary healthcare delivery systems, issues and solutions. Overall membership grew 70% during his tenure as president. Wesbury became a CEO at the age of 34 at Shand's Teaching Hospital and Clinic at the University of Florida at Gainesville. He then received his doctorate in economics and business administration in 1972. A few years later, he moved to the University of Missouri in Columbia to become an associate professor and director of the Health Services Management Program.