Thomas C. Dolan, Ph.D,
In his 22 years as president and
CEO of the American College of
Healthcare Executives (ACHE),
he more than doubled membership to the organization, but
beyond the numbers, it was the
demographics of those members
he attracted that defines his
legacy. Dolan was champion of
inclusion, dedicating his efforts
to increasing diversity among the
ranks of membership and executives in the healthcare industry.
After his retirement in 2013, Dolan
What does your induction into the Health Care
was named president emeritus of ACHE.
Hall of Fame mean to you and the organiza-
tions with which you’ve been involved?
While I am honored by my induction,
recognition like this not only reflects the
accomplishments of the recipient, but
also the support he has received from
his family, friends and colleagues. Organizations such as the ACHE, Association
Forum, the American Society of Association Executives and other associations I
have worked with made this honor possible.
How has your involvement in Association
Forum positively affected your career?
Association Forum has been a positive
influence on my career ever since I took
the CAE review course in 1991. Its educational programs and publications have
kept me informed, and the opportunity
to serve on committees, the board of
directors and as chair have advanced my
leadership skills. It has been a wonderful source of professional colleagues and
As a leader in the industry, what advice would
you give to the next generation of association
executives, especially in the healthcare
My advice to executives in any association
is the same: Your primary responsibility is
to serve your members, staff and society.
In the healthcare field, your ultimate cli-
ents are patients and their communities.
Is there a particular moment, accomplishment
or achievement that you are most proud of in
My proudest accomplishment is the career
success of the individuals I was privileged
to work with during my career. I take
immense pride in the contributions they
are making to our profession and society.
for Chicagoland Leaders
Association Forum would like to extend a hearty congratulations to two recognized leaders in the
healthcare association industry, Thomas C. Dolan, Ph.D, FACHE, FASAE and H. Stephen Lieber,
CAE. Dolan was recently inducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame, while Lieber was awarded
the Professional Society CEO of the Year Award from CEO Update. Association Forum had the
opportunity to speak with both men about their respective honors.