Former Chatfield College president takes the helm of Xavier's Health Services Administration program

Nancy Linenkugel graduated from the program in 1980 | July 21, 2011

An alumna of Xavier’s Health Services Administration program and former president of Chatfield College is the new chair of the award-winning department. Nancy Linenkugel, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis who has served most recently on the order’s leadership council, begins her duties at Xavier on Aug. 16.

Leinenkugel, OSF, DM, LFACHE, earned her master’s in hospital and health administration from Xavier in 1980 and a Doctor of Management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She replaces Ida Critelli Schick, PhD, who retired in May after 19 years at Xavier and 13 years as department chair.

“It is an honor and a pleasure to have been selected as the new chair of Xavier’s Department of Health Services Administration,” Linenkugel said. “Being an alumna of the program, I hold a special love for the department as well as an affinity for our healthcare ministry. Health services administration is a ministry, setting it apart from general business administration. I believe that, I espouse that, and I will emphasize that among many things we hold true during my time as chair.”

Prior to serving as president of Chatfield College, a small Catholic college located east of Cincinnati in St. Martin, Ohio, from 2002 to 2008, she worked in hospital administration at several locations. They include as an administrative resident at Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pa., at St. John Medical Center in Steubenville, Ohio, and at Providence Hospital and the Providence Health System in Sandusky, Ohio.

At Providence, she rose to president and CEO and oversaw the development of new services, including open heart surgery, physical therapy clinics, a women's center, psychiatric services, and a home health agency. She also led a physician relations program that increased admissions and initiated the creation of a free-standing nursing home.

“We are blessed that Sister Nancy is joining Xavier to lead our Department of Health Services Administration,” said Mark Meyers, dean of Xavier’s College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education. “As an alumna, she understands the department and its connections to the healthcare community and the University. She also has a desire to work to further Xavier’s Jesuit, Catholic mission. As a veteran healthcare administrator, she is aware of the opportunities available to faculty, staff and students moving forward. I firmly believe Health Services Administration will build on its successes of the past few years under the wise leadership of Dr. Linenkugel.”

“We are honored that Sister Linenkugel is returning to her alma mater,” said President Michael J. Graham, S.J. “Her knowledge of the health care field and her dedication to being a woman for others will truly enhance our students’ development intellectually, morally and spiritually.”

Linenkugel is board-certified in healthcare management and is an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow, serving as one of three Governors-at-Large from 2000-2002. She has served on the boards of several organizations, including the University Hospitals Regional Network in Cleveland and Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio, and served as president of the Erie County Chamber of Commerce. She is a 1991 ATHENA winner, a 1999 inductee into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame, and was the first woman president of the Sandusky Rotary Club.

Xavier’s Department of Health Services Administration gave her the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1993 and the Outstanding Preceptor Award in 1997. She has served as a national judge in HealthMedia’s annual competition “Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare,” since those awards were initiated in 2004. Her book, Lessons from Mergers: Voices of Experience, based on her doctoral dissertation, was published in 2000 by Health Administration Press.

The graduate program in Health Services Administration, established in 1958, is located in the University's College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education. It is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. The master’s program has been ranked No. 1 in the country twice in three years by Modern Healthcare’s “Top Business Graduate Schools for Physician-Executives."

In August, the department is adding a program for undergraduates, offering multidisciplinary majors to prepare students for entry-level professional positions in health care areas, such as information systems, finance, marketing and planning. Traditional students will have a minor in business and choose a concentration in information systems or long-term care. Honors-level students will have the chance to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s in health services administration, including a one-year residency, within six years.

This selective program prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in the health care industry or for graduate study in law, medicine or doctoral programs in public health, allied health, health services and leadership. Read more about Nancy Linenkugel in Xavier magazine from the fall 2002 issue. Learn more about the health administration program at the program website.