Saint Louis University

James R. Kimmey, M.D., MPH, professor and executive-in-residence at the School of Public Health and former founding president and CEO of the Missouri Foundation for Health, will receive the 2013 Grantmakers In Health's Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy.

KimmeyThe award pays tribute to health grantmakers whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation, achievement, creativity, risk taking and boldness.

"Dr. Kimmey's ability to recognize opportunity and blend it effectively within a vision and workable funding framework is an important skill he has brought to the world of philanthropy," said K. Beth Johnson, Missouri Foundation for Health board chair, who nominated Kimmey for the award.

Kimmey began his tenure at the Missouri Foundation for Health in 2001 without an office, staff or funding strategy. Under his leadership, the foundation became the largest health-focused grantmaker in Missouri, awarding $50 million annually. As a foundation leader, he inspired creativity in his staff, embraced partnerships among funders, disparate groups and agencies, and challenged grantmakers to engage communities and favor action over long discussion.

Kimmey, who retired from the foundation and joined Saint Louis University in 2011, will receive the award at the 2013 Grantmakers In Health Annual Meeting on Health Philanthropy in March. Kimmey is also the founding Dean of the School of Public Health, helping to establish the School in 1991. 

November 30, 2012