Doug Smith to receive ACU's top alumni award
For immediate release
February 16, 1999
Doug Smith, a 1960 graduate of Abilene Christian
University, has been named Abilene Christian University's
Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.
The former president and CEO of Quorum Health Resources,
Inc., will be honored Sunday, Feb. 21, at a noon luncheon at
the Abilene Civic Center.
On the local level, Quorum owns Abilene Regional Medical
Center, a full-service acute care hospital that serves
approximately 22 counties in the Texas Midwest.
"When Royce (ACU president Dr. Royce Money) told me I had
been selected, my first reaction was surprise," Smith said.
"There are so many worthy and wonderful people who graduated
from ACU. I thought there must be some mistake because there
are so many people named Smith."
ACU's Alumni Association presents this annual award to
recognize the lifetime achievement of an individual who has
brought honor to the university through personal and
professional excellence and service to the university, the
church and the community.
"Doug Smith has a heart for others," said ACU President
Dr. Royce Money. "He and Nan (Doug's wife) have spent their
lives looking for ways that God can use them to His
The Brentwood, Tenn., resident graduated from ACU in 1960
with a bachelor's degree in business administration, and in
1966 he received his master's degree in healthcare
administration from Duke University.
In 1969 Smith became the assistant director of Duke
University Medical Center and held that position for two
From 1983 to 1985, he served as president of the Hospital
Corporation of America Center for Health Studies and was
responsible for strategic planning, operations research,
telecommunications and management development.
In addition, Smith has been president of HCA Management
Co. and was responsible through regional and district
organization for more than 200 hospital contracts in 46
states and Canada. The HCA Management Co. spun off from its
parent company, Hospital Corporation of America, and became
Quorom Health Group Inc., of which Smith was vice chairman
for four years. He then served as the president and CEO of
Quorom Health Resources.
Smith now oversees Evergreen Investments and Management
in Brentwood, Tenn., and is chairman of Passport Health
Communications, as well as a part-time professor at
Vanderbilt University. He serves on ACU's Board of Trustees,
and he is working on a doctoral degree in the philosophy of
administration/health services administration at the
University of Alabama in Birmingham.
"While Doug has been a very successful businessman, his
Christian values have always been obvious. He combines a
keen business sense with a deep commitment to spiritual
things," Money said. "He and Nan plan their lives around
Kingdom business. They epitomize a couple who are
conscientious and generous in their stewardship and their
love for the Lord."
Smith said, "I very much appreciate this award because
ACU is a great place. My time there was a time of learning
and spiritual formation. It was a very special experience in
my life. I've always been proud of my relationship with
Smith also has been responsible for encouraging hundreds
of youth from Nashville to attend ACU, including his own
children: triplets, Troy (class of 1990), Elizabeth Smith
(class of 1989) and Bryan (class of 1990); and David and
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