Inaugural Hayes lecture features healthcare leadership consultant


Stories of success told by high-achieving Emporia State University graduates are the focus of a new lecture series that debuts Friday, Oct. 14, 2011.

John Doug Smith

The first speaker in the Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture Series will be John “Doug”  Smith, president and chief executive officer of B. E. Smith, a Lenexa-based healthcare leadership solutions firm. He will speak at 1 p.m. in the Sauder Alumni Center’s Butcher-Boertman Hall. The public is invited to the lecture free of charge.

Doug Smith earned his Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Emporia State in 1982, and followed that with with a Master of Business Administration degree from ESU in 1984. He has over 30 years experience in healthcare leadership search and recruitment.

Smith has worked with hospital boards, executives and physicians to recruit healthcare leadership candidates across the nation. His professional approach has earned B. E. Smith a reputation as a full-service healthcare leadership solutions firm.

Hayes logoThe lecture series’ namesake, Dr. Samuel Hayes (BS 1962) of Mission Hills, Kan., is a dentist. He served as chair of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees in 2001 – 2003.

“Sam and Jeannene established this lecture series as a way to engage ESU alumni in highlighting their successes,” said Tim Clothier, ESU Foundation interim president. Individuals whose leadership qualities, skills and accomplishments have led to distinction will be featured in each annual lecture.