Richard Gregg, MBA

Distinguished Instructor, Healthcare Administration

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Professor Gregg's career has focused on the strategic management of healthcare organizations, both in the field and in academia. Beginning in 1976, he was a management consultant to healthcare organizations, then served as director and CEO of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, the largest yoga and holistic health center in the United States. Since coming to Suffolk in 2001, he served as the executive director of the graduate program in philanthropy and media, taught in the MPA Program, and served as the program director and chair of healthcare administration. He developed the Healthcare Internship Program, the Healthcare Mentor Program, the Healthcare Travel Seminar and the Distinguished Guest Lecture Series. His areas of particular interest and expertise are leadership, innovation, strategy development and implementation, and organizational learning and change. In 2022-2023, while on a reduced teaching load, he served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Programs (CHP) in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. CHP is a federally qualified health center that serves more than 30,000 patients and family services clients.

As an environmentalist, Professor Gregg was a leader in the "Idle-Free" movement that encourages drivers to stop idling in order to protect our health and environment. He served as chairman of the "Idle-Free" Massachusetts Campaign of the American Lung Association, and his efforts to reduce motor vehicle air pollution resulted in a Massachusetts law—"An Act to Improve School Campus Air Quality"—that limits engine idling on every school property in the Commonwealth. The law was signed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2008 and ensures cleaner, safer air for the 1,000,000 young people who attend school and everyone else that works at and visits the schools. Professor Gregg was honored with the Healthy Air Award from the American Lung Association, and he was named as a "Climate Champion" by Clean Air Cool Planet, a non-profit organization that promotes solutions to global warming.

Professional Activities

  • Interim Chief Executive Officer, 2022-2023, Board of Directors member, 2016-2022, and Philanthropy Committee member 2023-present, Community Health Programs (CHP), a federally qualified health center in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts
  • Faculty Associate, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), 2006-present
  • Member, Program Committee of the ACHE of Massachusetts, 2017-present
  • Member, Board of the ACHE of Massachusetts, representing the academic programs in the ACHE Higher Education Network (HEN), 2014-2017

Honors and Awards

  • John Brennan Award for Outstanding Instruction to Graduate Students, Graduate Student Association, Suffolk University, 2006, 2008, and 2013
  • SBS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service, Suffolk University, 2016
  • ACHE Service Award, national ACHE and the ACHE of Massachusetts, December 2020

Intellectual Contributions

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Courses Taught

HLTH 807: Innovation: The Future of Healthcare
HLTH 840: Innovation and Strategic Management
HLTHIB 870: Healthcare Travel Seminar

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Degrees/Professional Certifications

  • MA, BA, Rutgers University, Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics
  • MBA, New York University