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McWhorter Giving Society Established to Support Health Sciences

Belmont University’s Office of Advancement recently established the Clayton McWhorter Society, a giving society intended to further the work of Belmont’s health science programs. The new group, which held its inaugural membership lunch on May 2, is named in honor of long-time Belmont supporter Clayton McWhorter and will directly benefit the College of Health Sciences & Nursing, the College of Pharmacy and the new MBA for Healthcare Professionals.

Clayton McWhorter (left) and Dr. Richard Treadway (right) presented the first McWhorter Society Distinguished Service Award to Barbara Massey Rogers (center) at the close of the May 2 luncheon.

Clayton McWhorter’s leadership and role in the development of healthcare industry giants HealthTrust, Inc. and HCA have made a strong impression in the field of healthcare. In 1996, Clayton, his son Stuart, and a close business friend created the venture capital firm Clayton Associates, which quickly evolved into a hub of strategic business development activities related to new firms in healthcare, technology and diversified services.

His relationship with the University began in the late ’80s through an invitation from Jack Massey “to get involved with Belmont,” and 25 years later, Clayton McWhorter continues his generous response to Massey’s challenge through his support of a variety of programs and initiatives.

Belmont Vice President for University Advancement Dr. Bo Thomas said, “While Clayton’s many achievements are based on sound business principles and bone-deep ethical standards, in the end it is his commitment to making a difference in the lives of others and giving back to the community that has sealed his enduring success and legacy. Belmont University counts itself fortunate to be among the many who have benefited from Clayton’s generous spirit and friendship. Through the McWhorter Society, Clayton is now challenging others to ‘to get involved with Belmont’ just as Jack Massey encouraged him to do years ago.”

Dr. Richard Treadway, founder of Psychiatric Solutions and long-time friend of Clayton’s and of Belmont, is the first chair of the McWhorter Society Board of Directors, which includes a number of leading healthcare professionals along with Belmont healthcare leaders. At the luncheon, Barbara Massey Rogers received the first McWhorter Society Distinguished Service Award for her tireless support of Belmont University, including her service on the Belmont Board of Trustees and the Massey Advisory Board.

In addition to an invitation to the annual McWhorter Society luncheon, Society membership includes inclusion in special business and healthcare forums, panel discussions and events as well as an opportunity to network with Nashville’s top healthcare professionals. For more information about becoming a member of The McWhorter Society or the programs outlined within, please contact Willie Young  at (615) 460-6179 or Bo Thomas at (615) 460-6434.

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