AHS Honors Alumni

The College of Applied Health Sciences is honoring two outstanding alumni this year. Suzanne Jackson, CEO of the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, Virginia, is the recipient of the 2016 College of Applied Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Brad Hedrick, director emeritus of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services at the University of Illinois, will receive the 2016 Harold Scharper Award. Both recipients will be honored in a ceremony on October 28 in the Khan Annex of Huff Hall.

Suzanne Jackson


A passionate healthcare executive who focuses on execution, operational excellence, and building relationships, Suzanne Jackson has been the CEO of John Randolph Medical Center since 2013. The center is a member of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) network, for which Suzanne has worked for 14 years. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Community Health in 1997, and earned a master’s degree in Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan.

During her tenure with HCA, she served as associate administrators at the Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL, and the Aventura Hospital Medical Center in Aventura, FL; as Chief Operating Officer at Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, FL; and Chief Executive Officer at Dominion Hospital in Falls Church, VA. She established the Reflections Eating Disorders Treatment Center at Dominion, the first and only inpatient program in Northern Virginia.

Suzanne has been recognized as one of Success South Florida’s Top 25 Influential Black Women of 2006 and in Who’s Who in Black South Florida in 2007. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, she received the Distinguished Female Healthcare Leader Award in 2015 from the Washington Metropolitan Area chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Institute for Diversity in Health Management.

Brad Hedrick


Dr. Brad Hedrick retired from the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services after 33 years, 19 of them as director. He earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Leisure Studies, now Recreation, Sport and Tourism, in 1984. From 1981 to 1995, Dr. Hedrick served as head coach of the University of Illinois’ varsity athletic teams for students with disabilities, as well as an administrator, researcher, and educator within DRES.

He has 40 years of professional experience in the fields of vocational rehabilitation and postsecondary disability support services, and has extensive experience and expertise in the administration of adapted sports and recreation for persons with disabilities. He has coached at the collegiate and international levels and written extensively on a broad range of scientific and applied topics related to disability, rehabilitation, and adapted sports and recreation.

In 2005, Dr. Hedrick was inducted into the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame for his contributions to the development of wheelchair basketball. He received the University of Illinois Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award and the College of Applied Health Sciences Academic Professional Excellence Award in 2006. He also is a recipient of the Tolland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Disability Sports and the Paralyzed Veterans of America Jack Gerhardt Award. Dr. Hedrick was a member of the Disability Access Committee of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and formerly served as the higher education representative to the Illinois State Advisory Committee on the Education of Children with Disabilities.