School of Health Professions Distinguished Alumnus Award
The highest honor bestowed by the SHP Alumni Association is presented annually to one alumnus who has made major contributions to the health profession through commitment of excellence, research, education, community service and leadership roles.

2020 Recipient
James F. Hury, III, CLS

James Hury III, 2020 SHP Distinguished Alumnus

A 2004 graduate of the SHP Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, Hury went on to complete his education at the Jones School of Management at Rice University. He started his career as an Immunohematologist and Serologist and eventually moved into health system finance and operations. Hury is credited with starting and directing Innovation Partnerships for the Texas Children's Health System and for founding the Impact Pediatric Health Collaboration that aligned the top eight pediatric hospitals from Boston to Stanford.

Hury is currently serving as Deputy Director and Chief Innovation Officer for the Translational Research Institute for Space Health which sources and seeds the best emerging health technologies to support deep space exploration.


Nominations for 2021 are closed. The winner will be announced at the SHP commencement ceremony on August 20, 2021. 


View a historical list of School of Health Professions alumni who have received the Distinguished Alumnus Award dating back to 1982.