CATEGORY- CALDER D. EHRMANN AWARD (INDIVIDUAL)

DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINATION FORM (DATE OF FORM: APRIL 26, 2013)
CATEGORY- CALDER D. EHRMANN AWARD (INDIVIDUAL)
Form Completed by:
Latoya Dodson 701 Grove Rd. Greenville, SC 29605
T: 864.455.7924
[email protected]
Nominee Info: Al Squire, Director, Workforce Development (see above address)
T: 864.455.3767
[email protected]
DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP CONTRIBUTIONS/ACTIVITIES:
PROVIDE A BRIEF STATEMENT OF THE DIVERSITY CONTRIBUTIONS AND SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES OF THE NOMINEE.
With more than twenty years in human resources, Alfred (Al) Squire has spent most of his career as a
director of human resources, training, and diversity for multiple organizations. Al has been instrumental
in aiding the development of diversity initiatives throughout the five hospitals and medical campuses of
the Greenville Health System. His areas of focus has distinctly been in advising leadership on
performance solutions, facilitating decision-making processes affecting employee satisfaction and
patient care, and promoting work relationships among employees to create an environment of care that
respects diversity.
IDENTIFY THE NOMINEE’S LEADERSHIP ROLES, HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS RELATED TO DIVERSITY
ENDEAVORS.
In Al’s current role as Director of Workforce Development, he works with academic institutions to
develop and direct GHS workforce development priorities. He provides program direction for the GHS
Medical Experience (MedEx) Academy Program, and supports several functions of the USC-School of
Medicine – Greenville, and leadership development of personnel within the Greenville Health System.
DESCRIBE ALL OTHER CIVIC/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, PARTICULARLY AS RELATED TO ENHANCING AND/OR
PROMOTING DIVERSITY.
Emerging Leader Program, Health Disparities Impact Studies, Leadership Development, Diversity
Councils, Leadership Forums, Search Committees, Scholarship Councils, Boys Home of the South, and
Cultural Celebrations.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS, INFORMATION OR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:
Please see the attached letters of nomination.
Personal References for Nominee
William Boone, PhD, Director of Asstd. Reproductive Tech Labs, GHS: [email protected]
Paul Catalana, MD MPH FAAP Assistant Dean of Admissions, USCSOMG: [email protected]
Gina Blohm, Director, Philanthropy, Office of Institutional Advancement, GHS: [email protected]
Megan Dodgens
Manager of Diversity Leadership Programs
The Riley Institute
April 18, 2013
Dear Ms Dodgens
With great enthusiasm I am forwarding my nomination of Mr. Alfred (“Al”) Squire for The Calder D.
Ehrmann Award. I have had the privilege of working closely with Al over the past several years. He has
been instrumental in helping me to develop an admissions policy at the University of South Carolina
School of Medicine which seeks to recruit students with diverse life experiences and ethic and cultural
backgrounds. Due in no small part to Al’s dedication, insight and commitment, 15% of the School’s
charter class is made up of students identified as under-represented minorities in medicine.
Equally important are Al’s leadership skills, best demonstrated by the unique and extraordinarily
successful medical experience (MedEx) academy. I chaired the search committee charged with
recommending a director for the MedEx program. After an exhaustive national search Al clearly was far
and above the most qualified candidate, whose energy, enthusiasm and commitment to students was
unwavering. He has over a very brief period of time established a workforce development “pipeline
program” that identifies, mentors and counsels students interested in pursuing a career in the health
care filed.
Al’s MedEx students are indeed “his-own”; they instantly recognize him as the friend, parental figure,
advisor and teacher he is to each of them. Somehow, he finds the time to make each student feel like
they are the only participant in the program; he greats them by name each day, encouraging (and
pushing) them to be the best they can be. To say he becomes involved in their lives is an
understatement –he, in the most noble of ways, invades their lives, challenging them to embrace every
opportunity to learn while working to eliminate any impediment(s) to their success. Simply put, Al
cannot help but see the potential in any student.
Al not only champions diversity, he demonstrates the value of diversity in his daily interactions with
others. I can think of no one more deserving of this award nor can I over-emphasize the remarkable
impact that Al has made on so many lives since the inception of the MedEx program in the summer of
2010.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Paul Catalana MD MPH FAAP
Assistant Dean of Admissions
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
[email protected]
864.455.8201