HAP Alumni Association

Washington University

Welcome to the official website of the Washington University in St. Louis Health Administration Program, or (HAP). HAP at Washington University was one of the United States' 7 founding programs in graduate level hospital administration. The program began in 1946, and produced over 1,400 graduates in its 62 year history. Many of these graduates have gone on to assume senior level leadership positions at hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout the United States.

The purpose of this site is to preserve the history of HAP at Washington University, and to provide a central point of networking for HAP alumni. This website will ensure that the HAP Alumni Association of Washington University is an active and living organization for many years to come. Learn More »

The HAP Alumni Association is currently engaged in funding the JOH Memorial in the Olin Business School's new facilities, Knight and Bauer Halls. The Memorial remembers James Hepner, Ph.D., FACHE who was the Program Director from 1967 to 2000. His efforts shaped not only our Program, but our industry. The purpose of this campaign is to memorialize Dr. Hepner by dedicating a space in his name, while also preserving our Program’s legacy on the campus of Washington University. You may support this effort through a donation or pledge to the JOH Memorial Fund. Gifts may be sent to Washington University, Olin Alumni and Development Office, Campus Box 1210, St. Louis, MO 63130. All questions can be directed to Sean Martin at 314-935-3687 or sean_martin@wustl.edu – our Washington University contact for this initiative.

The Annual Alumni Reception, held in conjunction with ACHE, will be on Tuesday evening, March 25th, 2014. The recpetion will be held at the University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603. The festivities will begin at 6:30 PM and conclude at 9:00 PM. The phone number is (312)726-2840.

The HAP ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS has selected Michael Covert (Class of 1972) as the Distinguished Alumnus for 2013. Mr. Covert is the President and CEO of Palomar Health in Escondido, CA. Mr. Covert was honored at the annual reception on March 12, 2013 at the University Club of Chicago.

The HAP ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS has selected James K. Elrod (Class of 1964) as the Distinguished Alumnus for 2012. Mr. Elrod is the President and CEO of Willis-Knighton Health System in Shrevport, LA. Mr. Elrod was honored at the annual reception on March 21, 2012 at the University Club of Chicago. A link is provided under "Recent News" and provides more information about Mr. Elrod.

The HAP ALUMNI ASSOCIATION is pleased to announce its re-affiliation with Washington University through the Olin Business School. Press the Recent News button and view the attachment at the bottom of the page to read the full text of the announcement letter.

The OLIN BUSINESS SCHOOL is pleased to announce that Jay Grinney, MBA/MHA, ‘81, is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award and will be honored at the Annual Olin Award Dinner on May 4, 2011, Ritz Carlton, Clayton, MO. Mr. Grinney is the President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthSouth in Birmingham, Alabama. HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers specializing in rehabilitation. Limited seating at a HAP-sponsored table is available. Contact Ron Gribbins for more information.

2013 Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form


HAP Directors

Frank R. Bradley, MD

1946 - 1967

James O. Hepner, Ph.D.

1967 - 2000

Stuart B. Boxerman, D.Sc.

2000 - 2007

Ronald Gribbins, Ph.D.

2007 - 2008