Nemours Foundation Elects MSM President and Dean Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice to its Board of Directors

Nemours Foundation Elects MSM President and Dean
Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice to its Board of Directors

The Nemours Foundation Names New Members to its Board of Directors

Stephanie Wight

October 24, 2016 - Jacksonville, Fla.
– Brian Anderson, Chairman of the Board of The Nemours Foundation, and Hugh Durden, Chairman of the Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust, today announced the election of four new members to The Nemours Foundation Board of Directors. Joining the Board are James S. Hunt, retired EVP and Chief Financial Officer of The Walt Disney Company, Dr. Linda D. Norman, Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Marc Probst, VP and Chief Information Officer, Intermountain Healthcare and Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President and Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine.

“These four new directors bring a broad base of business, medical and healthcare IT management to the Nemours’ Board of Directors as well as the passion for ensuring the provision of the highest quality of care for children and families,” said Brian Anderson, Chairman of the Board of The Nemours Foundation. “Their expertise and contributions to healthcare position each of them to  make important contributions to Nemours’ continued growth and transformation as an integrated children’s health system at the forefront of providing care and services to restore and improve the health of children.”

Jim Hunt is a senior financial and strategic executive serving public, private and large scale operating not for profit enterprises. Prior to retirement from The Walt Disney Company as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the global parks and resorts business, Jim helped lead the organization through a period of significant global expansion and product diversification, including the development of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland theme parks, the Disney Cruise Line, Disney’s Vacation Club and the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

He is a member of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Board of Trustees, where he serves on the Quality and Safety committee, is chair of the Compensation Committee and recently completed an eight-year tenure as Chair of the Finance committee. He also serves on the Boards of Brown & Brown, Inc., a NYSE diversified insurance agency, brokerage and services company, and the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. Before relocating to Los Angeles from Orlando, Jim served on the Boards of Orlando Health, a multi-unit hospital system, as well as the University of Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors and the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, of which he was Chairman.

Dr. Norman is the Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), the largest professional academic program on the Vanderbilt campus and one of the largest leading to an Advanced Practice Nursing degree in the country. Prior to her appointment as Dean, she served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academics at VUSN for 22 years where she was instrumental in doubling the program’s enrollment and moving the school up in the U.S. News and World Report ranking to No. 13 from No. 29 for the Masters of Science in Nursing program, and achieving the No.10 ranking for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. Dr. Norman is responsible for 900 students, 200 faculty, five nurse-managed clinics, and 12 academic programs.

She has been active in finding strategies to diminish the nursing shortage since 2000 and served as one of the two-person national evaluation team for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Partner’s Investing in Nursing’s Future program. This program provided over $12 million of funding to 50 partnerships between local/regional foundations and nursing partners over eight years to develop strategies to decrease the nursing shortage at the local level. Dr. Norman also represented nursing on the first inter-professional education collaborative initiative for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement for integrating quality improvement and patient safety into the nursing, medicine, and health administration curricula. She currently serves on the board of Span America Medical Systems, and the community boards of Alive Hospice and Renewal House.

Marc Probst is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President at Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated delivery network (IDN) based in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he and his team built the Intermountain Healthcare Transformation Lab in 2013 to focus on lower costs and improving the quality of healthcare. Marc has been involved with Information Technology and Healthcare services for over 30 years. He also serves the Federal government in Health IT related matters, including more than seven years on the Federal Healthcare Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC) developing policy and measures in support of advancing the use of Electronic Medical Records across the country. Marc is a leading advocate of national solutions for health information systems, data standards and cyber security.

He serves as Board Chair of the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), and as a board member of the University of Utah School of Nursing development board, the Christmas Box House (serving the needs of underserved children in Utah) and on committees for the Ronald McDonald House of Salt Lake City. He is a frequent speaker on Health Information System strategy, innovation, analytics, standards and policy. Marc has a passion for the power of HIT for public and population health within the United States and for health improvement world-wide.

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice serves the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) as its sixth president and the first woman to lead the free-standing medical institution. Dr. Montgomery Rice serves as both the president and dean, and has a track record of redesigning complex organization's in evolving strategic environments and position them for success. She is a renowned infertility specialist and researcher, and prior to MSM served as dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president of health affairs at Meharry Medical College where she  founded and directed the Center for Women’s Health Research, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.

She is actively involved in many organizations and boards including the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and Office of Research on Women’s Health/National Institutes of Health (NIH) advisory councils; Society for Women’s Health Research board; March of Dimes board; Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans Administrative board; and is Consultant to the FDA Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs. Dr. Montgomery Rice has been recognized as a National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Women of Impact, YWCA – Women of Achievement in Atlanta and in Nashville, and recipient of the American Medical Women’s Association Elizabeth Blackwell Medal and Working Mother Media Multicultural Women’s Legacy Award.

Rotating off The Nemours Foundation Board of Directors are Jack Porter, John Lord, Geoff Rogers and Dr. Leonard Berry. Mr. Porter has been affiliated with Nemours since 1970 and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Nemours Foundation and a Trustee of the Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust since 1995. He served as Chairman of its Board of Managers from 1987 to 1995 and Chairman of its Board of Directors from 2005-2007.  John Lord was elected a Trustee of the Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust in July 2000 following his retirement from Bank of America and served as Chairman of the Board of Nemours for more than eight years.  Geoff Rogers joined the Nemours Board in 2015 and while leaving the Board, will be joining the Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust as a Trustee.  Dr. Berry joined the Nemours Board as a Director in 2006 and is on the faculty at Mays Business School, Texas A& M University, and is a senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The Leonard L. Berry Service Excellence Awards at Nemours were established with the support of his family’s generous donation to Nemours. Dr. Berry will be retiring from the Foundation Board at the end of his current term in February, 2017.

“Nemours is extremely grateful to these board members for their tireless energy and dedication to strengthening our health system and making us a trusted national resource for children, families, providers and our communities,” said Anderson. “We are deeply grateful for their many contributions.”


About Nemours
Nemours (NAH-mors) is an internationally recognized children’s health system that owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla., and more than 60 pediatric specialty, primary and urgent care clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves. For more information, visit

About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)
Founded in 1975, MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 as the top institution in the first study of U.S. medical schools for our social mission based on our production of primary care physicians, training of underrepresented minority doctors and placement of doctors practicing in underserved communities. Our faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.

Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award doctorate and master degrees. For more information, please visit