Upsilon Xi : Lee University Homecoming 2001
The theme for Lee University Homecoming 2001 was "When You Believe," and it would be difficult for anyone to believe that Upsilon Xi did not again dominate the honors distributed by the university administration and students.
During the President's Circle luncheon, Lee President Paul Conn announced Upsilon Xi alumni Marty Smith, the current CEO at Cleveland Community Hospital, as the 2001 Lee University Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
"A native of East Tennessee, Smith received his undergraduate degree in Communications from Lee College in 1989 and his MBA from the University of Tennessee in 1992. After receiving his graduate degree, Smith began his career in hospital administration in Gadsden, Alabama. He later moved to Ft. Myers, Florida and received his first opportunity as a hospital administrator in Oklahoma City at Midwest Regional Medical Center. While in Oklahoma, Smith was recognized by the state of Oklahoma's Department of Commerce, for his commitment to economic growth in Central Oklahoma."
"In 1998 Smith returned home to join Community Health Systems as CEO at Cleveland Community Hospital becoming the youngest CEO, at the age of 30, in the company's network of hospitals. During the last three years Cleveland Community Hospital has been one of the fastest growing hospitals in the country, with total volumes growing more 175%."
Smith responded, "This is an unexpected honor for me. To be listed among the people who have previously won this award and to receive this recognition is very special. The work that Dr. Conn has done at the university has been an inspiration to me."
---Reported by Joe Giove
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