In November 2011, Saint Louis University (SLU) announced that its first endowed chair in its School of Public Health will be named after James R. Kimmey MD, MPH ’67, the outgoing president and chief executive officer at Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). A generous gift to SLU from MFH helped to establish the James R. Kimmey Endowed Chair in Public Health.
Kimmey is the first president and chief executive officer of MFH and had been executive vice president and vice president for health sciences at SLU. The surprise announcement was made on Nov. 17, as business associates, friends and family gathered to honor Kimmey and celebrate his retirement from MFH, an organization he led since its inception.
Kimmey served in various leadership roles during his 14-year tenure at SLU. Among them, he was the founding dean of SLU’s School of Public Health, which remains the only school of public health in Missouri and at a Jesuit university. Kimmey left SLU in 2001 to lead the newly formed MFH.