Janet Porter

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Janet Porter
Charter Trustee
Committees: Academic Affairs, Student Life and Research, Advancement, Quality and Professional Affairs, Talent, Compensation and Governance, Wexner Medical Center Board

Janet Porter has 40 years of experience as a hospital administrator, teacher, consultant and public health leader. She joined Stroudwater Associates in 2012, and serves as a strategy, operational and leadership development consultant to health care organizations and companies. She was elected to the Stroudwater Associates Board of Directors in 2015; she currently serves as a senior advisor.

Dr. Porter served as the chief operating officer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; the associate dean of executive education at the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health; the interim CEO of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA); and the vice president, and then COO, of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

With a strong belief in servant leadership, Dr. Porter has served on numerous boards. She currently serves on The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Board, the Foster McGaw Committee of the American Hospital Association and the High Value Healthcare Collaborative Advisory Board. She has served on the AARP Board of Directors, the AARP National Policy Council, The Ohio State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, the World of Children Board of Governors, the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, and was a founding board member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. She has been an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Dr. Porter is an active volunteer at the local level, having served in leadership roles on the boards of organizations such as United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry and Raising a Reader. In recognition of her leadership, Dr. Porter has received the Ralph Davenport Mershon Award from The Ohio State University Alumni Association and the Gaylord W. Anderson Leadership Award from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. 

She is currently an adjunct professor at Ohio State, the University of Miami and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also faculty co-director of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Leading Quality Program and teaches in Harvard Medical School’s palliative care leadership program. 

Dr. Porter holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Health Administration from The Ohio State University, and an MBA and PhD in health care strategy from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband, Jim O’Sullivan, live in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Term:  11/03/2017 – 05/13/2020