Executive Lecture Series Welcomes Mark Wallace, President and CEO, Texas Children's Hospital

HOUSTON, March 1, 2006—Mark A. Wallace, president, and chief executive officer of Texas Children's Hospital, will speak at the Executive Lecture Series on Friday, March 24 on “Defining Leadership.” Wallace’s ’s lecture will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Shell Oil Foundation Auditorium, Janice and Robert McNair Hall, Rice University.
 
The Executive Lecture Series, new this year, complements the Dean’s Lecture Series which has been in place since 1997. Both lecture series bring exemplary business leaders to speak to the Rice MBA and MBA for Executives students. The Houston business community is invited to attend these lectures without charge.

  • On April 10, Garrett Boone, chairman of the board, The Container Store, will speak in the Dean’s Lecture Series at 10:30 a.m.
  • On May 5, Lynn Elsenhans, executive vice president, Manufacturing, Shell Oil Company, will speak in the Executive Lecture Series at 1:00 p.m.  

About Mark A. Wallace
In 1989, at the age of 36, Mark A. Wallace was appointed president and chief executive officer of Texas Children’s Hospital, one of the preeminent children’s hospitals in the nation, treating in excess of two million children annually and dedicated to providing the finest possible pediatric patient care, education, and research. Following two ambitious building expansion programs and successful capital campaigns, Texas Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in the nation, encompassing inpatient facilities, a clinical care center, a dedicated pediatric research facility, and a presence in the community in over 40 physician practice sites, five health centers, and three Project Medical Home sites providing care for children in underserved areas of Houston. Texas Children's Hospital is also the primary private pediatric teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine.
 
Prior to his position at Texas Children’s, Mr. Wallace was a senior vice president at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where his accomplishments crossed the full spectrum of healthcare management including both staff-related and extensive line operation responsibilities in a large, tertiary care, teaching environment.
 
As a proven leader in healthcare, Mr. Wallace has influenced efforts at the national, state, and local levels. He has testified before numerous government agencies as an advocate for children’s healthcare and the funding of children’s health programs. Most recently, Mr. Wallace championed the effort to pass legislation establishing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Texas.
 
Mr. Wallace holds the distinction of being one of the few executives in the country who advanced to fellowship status in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) at the age of 35. Continuing his involvement with ACHE, he is the current chairman of the Houston Chapter. In 1987, Mr. Wallace was a recipient of the prestigious “Emerging Leaders in Health Care” award. This national award, co-sponsored by The Healthcare Forum and the executive search firm of Korn/Ferry International, recognizes executives who have demonstrated the potential to be major leaders in the healthcare field.
 
Mr. Wallace’s undergraduate alma mater, Oklahoma Baptist University, selected him to receive the “Profile in Excellence Award” in 1988, and in 1992, he was the recipient of the university’s “Alumni Achievement Award,” which honors outstanding alumni for special achievements and loyal service in their specific fields. In 1990, Mr. Wallace was elected to the Young Presidents’ Organization, recognizing chief executive officers of corporations with substantial revenues who are under age 40. In 1992, the American College of Healthcare Executives awarded Mr. Wallace the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award as the 1992 “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year,” which recognizes and honors young healthcare executives who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. In 2005, Mr. Wallace received the “Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Healthcare Administration,” the highest honor bestowed by the Texas Hospital Association.