Hospital names next CEO

The Atchison Hospital Board has announced that Jeffery “Jeff” Perry has been selected as the next CEO of the Atchison Hospital Association following a nationwide search.

“We are pleased that our hospital and community were able to attract such a strong pool of candidates, and we are very excited that Jeff has accepted the role,” said Susan Myers, chairwoman of the Atchison Hospital Board. “He will be a great addition to the Atchison Hospital and our community.”

Perry was most recently the CEO for Crockett Medical Center, Crockett, Texas, a critical-access hospital. Prior to that, he held the position of chief operating officer for Duke LifePoint Healthcare’s Upper Peninsula Health System in Marquette, Michigan.

Perry will succeed retiring CEO John Jacobson, who has led the hospital since 2004. Jacobson announced his planned departure last summer. Perry is set to begin work on July 1, 2019.

MH-MA names graduation speaker

Maur Hill-Mount Academy has named its Class of 2019 graduation speaker.

Alumnus and current Board Member Billie Ellis, an alumnus with an extensive career in law and business, will be the commencement speaker at MH-MA’s graduation on May 18.

Born in Galveston, Texas, Ellis’ family moved to a dairy farm in Central Texas when he was 6. He credits his successful business and legal career to a work ethic he learned from his father, who worked on the farm 7 days a week never taking a weekend or holiday off. As a young boy, Ellis’ dad gave him his first job driving a tractor on the family farm earning $.50 an hour. Ellis also credits his experience at Maur Hill to his academic success after leaving Atchison.

At 16, Ellis came to Maur Hill Prep as a boarder, graduating in 1969. He graduated with high honors 1974 from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in history. Among a host of academic honors, Ellis was elected to the most prestigious and oldest scholarship organization, Phi Beta Kappa He earned his MBA from Southern Methodist University in 1977 graduating with honors, being elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. He earned his law degree from University of Houston Law Center in 1978.

The Texas Lawbook, has recognized Ellis as a legendary attorney that the profession considers one of the “Lions of the Texas Bar.” “With four decades of practicing law under his belt, Ellis is widely recognized as one of the best commercial real estate transactional lawyers in Texas history. He’s represented some of the most powerful and wealthy individuals in the state, including the Bass brothers, Richard Rainwater and David Bonderman.”

Texas Monthly Magazine has recognized Ellis as a Texas Super Lawyer. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has numerous professional affiliations, achievements, and community leadership positions. He is an accomplished writer and presenter and has been educating students and colleagues for two decades.

In 2012, Ellis received the coveted Texas Exes Teaching Award, an annual tribute honoring a professor from the law school and only 1 of 8 teaching awards given at The University of Texas in Austin-for his performance in the classroom.

Ellis lives in Dallas with his wife. He has three grown children.

Habitat for Humanity meeting set

Riverbend Habitat for Humanity plans to hold an informational meeting at 6 p.m. in the Atchison Public Library, 401 Kansas Ave., meeting room.

This meeting is open to the public and will provide information on the programs Riverbend offers in Atchison as well as opportunities for residents to get involved. Join us to learn about the process to become a Habitat homebuyer and how to become a volunteer home builder.

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