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Upcoming APSU events to feature visiting Free Enterprise Chair

Praising Austin Peay State Universitys current Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise, Gerry Mayo, the founding chair of OhioHealth Corp., said, Bravo to Erie Chapman for his astounding leadership and unparalleled assault on the status quo. His efforts will transform healthcare into something truly better for all Americans.

Chapman, president and chief executive officer of the Baptist Healing Trust, Nashville, will be featured in two upcoming events at APSU, both of which will be held in the Gentry Auditorium, Kimbrough Building. Both are free and open to the public.
Praising Austin Peay State University's current Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise, Gerry Mayo, the founding chair of OhioHealth Corp., said, “Bravo to Erie Chapman for his astounding leadership and unparalleled assault on the status quo. His efforts will transform healthcare into something truly better for all Americans.”

Chapman, president and chief executive officer of the Baptist Healing Trust, Nashville, will be featured in two upcoming events at APSU, both of which will be held in the Gentry Auditorium, Kimbrough Building. Both are free and open to the public.

At 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, Chapman will present a program on the role of spirituality in business and leadership.

At 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 27, he will address the role of music and other arts in business and leadership. Dr. William Rayburn, director of the School of Business, said, “Erie has a special interest in this area, and I believe it will be a fun and insightful look at two topicsart and leadershipthat seldom are linked.”

Chapman earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a master's from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. He received his doctorate of jurisprudence from George Washington University School of Law.

For more than 25 years, Chapman's career has focused on the leadership of hospitals and health care organizations. He has been president and CEO of Toledo, Ohio's Riverside Hospital, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, and U.S. Health Corp. (now OhioHealth), Columbus.

He was president and CEO of Baptist Hospital System, Nashville, from 1998-2002, when he established Baptist Healing Trust. Chapman, who also is the founding editor of the Journal of Sacred Work and the National Literary Review, has become recognized nationwide as the leader of the loving care movement in hospitals and charities.

Prior to his leadership roles in health care, Chapman was a trial attorney, federal prosecuting attorney, night court judge, producer and host of the internationally syndicated TV show, “Life Choices with Erie Chapman and Kathleen Sullivan,” a syndicated news columnist, healthcare magazine publisher, radio talk show host and the producer of two documentary films, “Sacred Work” (‘01) and “The Servant's Heart” (‘03).

Chapman is the author of two widely acclaimed books, “Radical Loving Care: Building the New Healing Hospital in America” (2003) and “Sacred Work: Planting Cultures of Radical Loving Care” (2006). Speaking of “Radical Loving Care,” Chuck Lauer, publisher of Modern Healthcare magazine said, “Chapman has written a book that should be in the hands of every healthcare executive who truly believes in the core mission of taking care of others. Anyone who leads a healthcare organization of any kind should read this book.”

As a playwright, Chapman wrote “Who Loves Judas?” a drama that is being produced by Actors Bridge Theatre, Nashville (2007-08), and the Titusville (Fla.) Repertory Theatre (2007).

Additionally, Chapman is a prize-winning photographer and music composer with three CDs to his credit. To hear his music, go to www.eriechapman.com. His films are available at www.healinghospital.org.

For more information about Chapman's April 18 and April 27 presentations, please contact Rayburn by telephone at (931) 221-7674 or e-mail at rayburnw@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke