Health Science Center and Haven for Hope champion is among world’s greatest business leaders
In January, the Harvard Business Review’s “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” ranked Greehey 12th among U.S. CEOs and 31st worldwide.
His ranking was based on his tremendous success as CEO of Valero Energy Corporation. As chairman and CEO of Valero, he led the growth of a small petroleum pipeline and storage company that was affiliated with Valero until that company spun off from Valero as an independent company, and was renamed NuStar Energy LP. Greehey retired from Valero in 2005, but he continues to serve as chairman of NuStar.
No description of Greehey would be complete without mentioning his strong commitment to the community, including gifts and collaborations that touch the Health Science Center.
In 2007, the Greehey Family Foundation donated a transformative gift of $25 million to the Health Science Center for the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute. The gift also established the Greehey President’s Endowment for Excellence in Children‘s Health Sciences, and the Greehey Cancer Laboratories. Both the institute and laboratories are located on the Greehey Academic and Research Campus.
“We congratulate Bill Greehey on this significant international recognition,” said William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. “We appreciate his excellent leadership not only in the board room but also in the community, and thank him for his generosity that has benefited the Health Science Center and so many others.”
In 2006, Greehey launched Haven for Hope, an innovative program to transform and save the lives of homeless individuals and families. Now, Health Science Center medical students and dental residents receive clinical training there while providing care to patients who otherwise could not access or afford care.
In 2012, a research team from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics began working with Haven for Hope to build an infrastructure to evaluate the program’s community and economic impact and identify the best and optimal use of resources and services for its clients.