Health Care Administration

Carpenter Lecture

The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation have generously supported the HCA Program since its inception, and helped to endow the program in 1999. The endowment helps to support scholarships, as well as the Carpenter Lecture. For more information on the Wilkinson-Carpenter Scholarship, and other HCA scholarships, see the HCA Program Handbook (PDF).


The Carpenter Lecture is a prestigious annual event. The lecture is the “continuation” of 10 Carpenter Conferences held at the college from 1990-1999. In recent years individuals have come to the campus to offer lectures on leading issues in the health care field. These speakers have included Pierre Duplessis, MD, Secretary General and CEO of the Red Cross of Canada; Robert Stroube, MD, Commissioner, Department of Health, Commonwealth of Virginia; Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director, Agency for Health, Research, and Quality; Kaveh Shojania, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and co-author of the book Internal Bleeding; Richard Heinzl, MD, founder of Doctors Without Borders, Canada; Shannon Brownlee, author of Overtreated; Drs. Nancy and Jerry Jaax, whose work inspired the movie Outbreak and was documented in the book The Hot Zone; Dr. Jeffrey Goldsmith, nationally recognized health care analyst and author; and Sarah Freibert, MD, director, Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Division, Akron Children’s Hospital. Each presentation focuses on a specific issue that is not only relevant to the moment, but has long term implications for health care decision makers.