Richard Hart Named LLUAHSC President

Richard Hart Named LLUAHSC President

Monday, March 03, 2008

Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, Chancellor and CEO of Loma Linda University, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (LLUAHSC). He will replace B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, who announced last December that she would be retiring in March of 2008. The announcement was made today by LLUAHSC Board Chair Lowell Cooper.

“The board and search committee believe that Dr. Hart’s distinguished career of service has ideally prepared him for this position,” said Cooper. “As both a physician and an academician, he is knowledgeable about the unique challenges and opportunities faced by an academic health sciences center. We believe he brings both the training and the experience to lead this organization at this important time in its history, and will be able to ensure that no momentum is lost as we move forward on major expansion, fund-raising and research initiatives now in place.”

Hart, who has been in his current position since 2001, has served Loma Linda University in a variety of capacities since 1972—in various academic appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, as director of the Center for Health Promotion, and as dean of the School of Public Health.

During his tenure at LLU, Hart’s passion for service and global outreach has made him a central force in launching humanitarian efforts in which students and faculty can participate. He has worked internationally to improve hospitals in underserved areas, and has made service an even more integral part of the university student’s experience.

“Dr. Hart is deeply committed to the mission of this organization and is uniquely equipped to continue to expand the institution’s global impact,” said Cooper. Hart’s extensive international experience has included prior consultancies for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Zimbabwe and in Nigeria and as a maternal and child health consultant to the Government of Tanzania. He is founder and president of Social Action Community Health System (SACHS), which is a low-cost primary health care network serving Southern California’s Inland Empire.

Hart received his medical and master of public health degrees from LLU, and also completed his internal medicine residency from LLUMC. He received his doctor of public health degree and completed a preventive medicine residency from Johns Hopkins University. Hart has authored three books on health and a variety of scientific articles.

“It’s both honor and a sobering responsibility to provide leadership to Loma Linda at this time in its history,” says Hart. “I have great confidence in the people that work here, and look forward to collaborating with my colleagues.”

Hart’s appointment resulted from the work of a search committee that included representation from the institution and board. Hart will assume full responsibilities of the position on March 24. He will also assume the role of president of the university and the medical center, and will continue to serve as Chancellor and CEO of the university until a new one is appointed.