Year of Publication


Paper Type

Master's Thesis


Brooks College of Health

Degree Name

Master of Science in Health Administration (MHA)

First Advisor

Dr. C. Nick Wilson

Second Advisor

Larry Jean

Third Advisor

Dan Whitehead


The annual rates of hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO) turnover are important to track and evaluate for several reasons. Like other industries, the extent of hospital CEO turnover on an aggregate level is an indicator of the current instability and pace of change within the hospital industry. Sudden large changes in leadership trends can indicate broad changes in the industry, and small changes can indicate a general satisfaction with the status-quo. Since hospitals still dominate and have considerable influence over other sectors of the health care industry, the extent of hospital leadership changes, and the causes of those changes, are also potential indicators and predictors of the regulatory, structural, and financing directions for the entire health care industry. Trends in the types of hospitals with high and low CEO turnover can isolate potential problem areas, and potential characteristics of CEO stability.