Venture Capitalist James Spann, Jr. Joins CAHME Board of Directors


SPRING HOUSE, PA — The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) announced that James Spann, Jr., a distinguished executive and venture capitalist, joined its Board of Directors on May 16, 2024.

Spann is the founder and managing general partner at Boyd Street Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage, founder-led companies, particularly in the Life Sciences and HealthTech sectors. His impressive career spans three decades, including leadership roles at IBM, AmerisourceBergen (now Cencora), and Aramark. Spann also serves as vice-chairman of the Advisory Board of the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, where he has been since the school’s inception in 2016.

“Our board and management team are looking forward to working with James to impact the next generation of healthcare leaders,” said Todd Nelson, Chair of the CAHME Board of Directors. “James’ extensive experience in venture capital and his distinguished career with Fortune 500 companies like IBM, AmerisourceBergen, and Aramark bring a wealth of knowledge and strategic insight to CAHME.”

Spann’s selection comes after serving five years on CAHME’s governance committee, which reviews and recommends board and council leadership. He is also one of 36 leaders nationally chosen for Ernst & Young’s 2024 EY Entrepreneurs Access Network cohort, highlighting his influential role in business and leadership.

“My corporate career and, more recently, my experience helping to guide the founders of our portfolio companies have given me a deep appreciation for the profound difference the right leader can make in an organization,” Spann said. “Today, it is more important than ever that we develop leaders who can improve the quality of care in our society, particularly for individuals with complex health and social needs.”

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Spann emphasized the critical need for effective leadership in healthcare, especially in addressing the challenges faced by those with intricate health issues. His role on the CAHME Board will involve contributing to the education and development of future healthcare executives, ensuring they are well-equipped to lead and innovate within the industry.

“CAHME Board of Directors provide experience, diverse perspectives, and invaluable expertise to help ensure that our mission advancing the quality of healthcare management education is met,” said Anthony Stanowski, President and CEO of CAHME. “We look forward to his continued leadership and the added dimension he brings to meet CAHME’s mission.”

Spann’s appointment is expected to enhance CAHME’s efforts in shaping leaders who can navigate the complexities of modern healthcare. As the organization strives to improve healthcare management education, his strategic insights and extensive experience will be invaluable assets.

This announcement marks a significant step for CAHME in its ongoing mission to advance the quality of healthcare management education. By leveraging the expertise of leaders like Spann, the commission aims to produce executives capable of driving positive change in the healthcare sector.

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