Jackson Hospital President and CEO Joe B. Riley will deliver the keynote address to graduates at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.
More than 150 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony. TROY’s College of Health and Human Services will hand out the most diplomas with 55 students graduating, followed by the College of Arts and Sciences (39), the College of Education (32), the Sorrell College of Business (18) and the College of Communication and Fine Arts (14).
Riley, an Amarillo, Texas native, became Jackson’s fourth CEO in its 77-year history on April 6, 2012. Prior to joining Jackson Hospital, he served for four years as CEO of McAllen Medical Center in Texas, which is operated by Universal Health System, a national investor-owned company that owns 231 hospitals throughout the country.
Before his appointment with Universal Health System, Riley was employed for 10 years by Health Management Associates, which operates 66 hospitals mostly in the southern U.S. He served as CEO of Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi; Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Missouri; and Crawford Memorial Hospital in Van Buren, Arkansas.
Riley earned his associate degree in nursing from Amarillo College and later received his bachelor’s degree from West Texas State University and his master’s in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. He is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Riley has been active in numerous civic and professional organizations including chambers of commerce, the Boys and Girls Club, and Rotary International. In addition, he has been on the board of an indigent care clinic, a local blood service and the advisory board for a local college.