Nancy Howell Agee President and CEO of Carilion Clinic

Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Virginia; master’s degree, Emory University. Attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Family: Married to Steve Agee, a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Their son, Zach, is an attorney. So is their daughter-in-law, Cristina.

Board memberships: Chairwoman of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees for 2018; member of the boards of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Virginia Business Higher Education Council, Virginia Tech Foundation, Roanoke Gas and RGC Resources, HomeTown Bank, Virginia Business Council and Healthcare Realty Board.

Honors: Ranked 23rd

by Modern Healthcare among the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare;” listed among “300 Hospital & Health System Leaders to Know” and “130 Women Hospital & Health System Leaders to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review; recipient of the Taubman Museum’s Ann Fralin Award for support of the arts, named laureate in the Junior Achievement of the Southwest Virginia’s Business Hall of Fame, received Silver Hope Award from the Multiple Sclerosis Society-Blue Ridge Chapter, Carilion’s Paladin Award and given honorary degrees by Roanoke College and the Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Business advice: “Listen. Be informed. Be curious. Be committed. Be collaborative. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that connectivity. We are all stronger together. Find your voice and make it heard. That old cliché of lean in. Get involved. Don’t sit on the sidelines.”

another strong woman. “I had a grand- mother who I lived with as a young child, and she was widowed and went to work,” Agee says. “She made sure I knew who I was and was well-grounded. If I didn’t I could get a little swat on the behind. But she also told me in her own words, you need to do more. There was an expecta-

tion. You need to do more. You can and you should, so there was no question about will.” Jeanne Armentrout, Carilion’s execu-

tive vice president and chief administra- tive officer, has been with Carilion for 35 years. Armentrout says Agee “surrounded herself with mentors” as she rose, then

“she really gave that gift on to others,” including Armentrout. Armentrout remembers when she

was about to give her first presentation to Carilion’s board. Since she’d done this sort of thing many times before for other groups, “I thought I was prepared,” Armentrout says. Agee nudged her to prepare even more. This was a perfor- mance at a new level, a higher level, and it carried higher expectations. Armentrout practiced and refined her presentation. It was better because of Agee’s intervention. “She’s got that quiet, calm, thoughtful demeanor,” Armentrout says. “That’s where your power is.” William Jacobsen, administrator at

Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, had been out of health care for years, doing mission work in Asia, when he interviewed with Agee and her predeces- sor, Ed Murphy. Jacobsen decided to join Carilion because he felt the organization was doing the right things. Its focus was about the patients. “Ed was a great visionary,” Jacobsen

says. “Nancy had the stuff to make it happen.”


Leading by example — Soaring to new heights

With a life-long commitment to healthcare and a passion for higher education, Nancy Agee continues to make a diff erence in the lives and careers of the people around her. As a nurse, administrator and mentor, Nancy’s deep compassion, keen wisdom and drive for excellence defi ne her service to others.

Nancy Agee fulfi lls the advice she gave as a member of the Radford University Board of Visitors and 2011 Spring Commencement speaker: “You’ll make a diff erence for all of us. You will make a diff erence because you can, because you want to, because you must. You will forge your own path. You will fi nd your own answers. You will heal others. You will bring light, joy and happiness to those around you and yourself.”

Nancy Agee embodies the Radford spirit. From the entire Radford family, congratulations on your selection as the Virginia Business Person of the Year!


24 DECEMBER 2017

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D. President, Radford University Radford, Virginia

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