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Simpson named Ballad Health Foundation president

Staff report • May 9, 2019 at 3:42 PM

JOHNSON CITY — With more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, Jack Simpson has been selected to serve as Ballad Health Foundation’s new president.

Simpson comes to the organization from Milligan College, where he served most recently as vice president for institutional advancement and previously as the director of the major gifts program. He has been with Milligan since 1999.

As president of Ballad Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Ballad Health, Simpson will oversee the foundation’s operations. He begins his new role on May 13.

“It’s clear that Jack has a passion for philanthropy and cultivating health and well-being within the community, and it ties in perfectly with the foundation’s purpose, which is to raise funds to provide resources for those in need and advance health care excellence,” said Todd Norris, senior vice president of community health and system advancement for Ballad Health and the leader to whom the foundation reports. “Jack is a high-caliber fundraising professional with significant programmatic experience and a track record of success. As a resident of Johnson City, he is in tune with the life and culture of our region. Jack will bring energy, passion and commitment to his new role at Ballad Health Foundation.”

During his tenure at Milligan, Simpson led the development staff’s efforts to secure $2.5 million in gift support for the college budget annually. He also directed the second phase of Forward Ever, the largest capital campaign in college history, raising $41.8 million for scholarships and capital projects.

In 2014, Simpson secured two $1 million gifts for new and enhanced science, technology, engineering, math and health (STEM-H) programs. Under his leadership, Milligan received numerous state and foundation grants, and the college has developed an annual day of giving campaign, which most recently secured more than $300,000.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve our region by improving the overall health of those in Ballad Health’s 29-county service area,” Simpson said. “I have been continuously impressed with the competence, commitment, compassion and character of Ballad Health’s leadership team. I am honored to become a part of that group, and I look forward to making our region a healthier place in which to live, work and play.”

Simpson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Milligan, and his master’s degree in philanthropic studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.