Jack O. Bovender, Jr. T'67, G'69

Jack Bovender

Jack Bovender is retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services with 184 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers and physician clinics, in 21 states and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Bovender is a 40-year veteran of the healthcare industry and has worked at HCA for 32 years. He began his hospital administrative career in 1969 as a lieutenant in the United States Navy stationed at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. He later served as Chief Executive Officer of Medical Center Hospital in Largo, Fla., and West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, both owned by HCA.

Mr. Bovender held several senior-level positions with HCA and in 1992 he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Following HCA's merger with Columbia in 1994, he retired and served on the boards of several public and private companies, including Quorum Health Group, Inc., American Retirement Corp. and Nashville Electric Service. He returned to HCA in 1997 as President and Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed to HCA's Board of Directors in 1999 and was named President and CEO in 2001. He became Chairman and CEO of HCA in January 2002 and Chairman in January 2009.  He retired in December 2009.

He served on the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and in 2007 was awarded ACHE's Gold Medal Award, recognizing his significant career-long contributions to the healthcare profession. Bovender was lauded by Institutional Investor magazine as "Best CEO in America" for healthcare facilities in 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2015 he was inducted into the Modern Healthcare Hall of Fame.

Mr. Bovender received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Duke in 1967 and his master's degree in hospital administration in 1969.

Mr. Bovender is a founding member of the Nashville Health Care Council. He has served on the boards of several Nashville human services and art organizations.  In 2012, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Bank of America and now serves as the bank’s Lead Independent Director.

Bovender and his wife, Barbara, live in Nashville. They have a son, Richard, who received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business.

Mr. Bovender was elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2007 and currently serves as chair. He is chair of the Executive Committee and is a member of the Governance Committee.

Mr. Bovender received Duke's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.  He is a member of the Duke University Health System Board, and is an emeritus of the Board of Visitors at the Fuqua School of Business. He previously served on the Divinity School's Board of Visitors and chaired the Divinity School Capital Campaign Committee.

August 2020