2018 Laureate

Alan Levine


Alan Levine is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ballad Health, the largest hospital and health system in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

 With more than 25 years of hospital operations experience, Levine has served as chief executive officer of hospitals and health systems ranging from a small rural hospital to one of the largest public systems in America. Prior to his current role, Levine was the president and chief executive officer of Mountain States Health Alliance.

Levine served on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's cabinet as secretary of Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals and as Governor Jindal's senior health policy advisor. He also served as deputy chief of staff and senior health policy advisor to Florida governor Jeb Bush prior to his appointment by Governor Bush to serve as secretary of Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration, an agency responsible for administering a $17 billion budget. In these roles, Levine oversaw the health care response to major hurricanes making landfall in Florida and Louisiana, managed Louisiana's response to the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, led Louisiana's effort to improve child immunization rates from ranking 48th in the nation to 2nd, successfully advocated the passage of major and historic health care reforms in both states and was recognized for his efforts in combating fraud and abuse in public health care programs.

Levine currently serves on the Boards of SCORE Tennessee, the Niswonger Foundation and the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida, the governing body of Florida's 12 state universities. On the Florida BOG, he serves as chair of research and academic excellence and has served as chair Audit and Compliance.  He serves as the Chair of Florida's Higher Education Coordinating Council, a policy-setting body for public and private education in Florida. Alan has also served on the Board of Directors of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Foundation for Florida's Future.

Levine has been recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 30 Americans likely to have a powerful impact on health care in the next 30 years, and as an up-and-comer in the health care industry.

He received a bachelor's degree in health sciences, a master's degree in business administration and a master's degree in health sciences from the University of Florida, where he is recognized as a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame.

His wife, Laura, attended the Florida State University, earning a degree in Nursing and an advanced certificate in Public Health from Loyola. Their son, Terry received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida and their daughter, Katy attends the Physician Assistant program at Milligan College. The family is complete with three amazing dogs, Macy, Gibbs, and Oakley.

Alan's message of inspiration to Junior Achievement students is three words: make it happen.  You have the capacity to learn. It's a God-given gift, so make it happen.

Alan Levine, a man of vision, creativity, and leadership.