William H. Considine, president of Akron Children's Hospital for 33 years, is actively involved in numerous health care, educational and cultural organizations at the local, state and national levels. He is one of the longest tenured hospital chief executive officers in the country and is known nationally and internationally as a leader and advocate on issues affecting health care for children.
Considine is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a past chairman of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions and serves as a member of its Council on Child Advocacy. He is a member and past chairman of the Child Health Corporation of America. He also is a past chairman of the Children's Miracle Network Board, immediate past chairman of the Ohio Children's Hospital Association and he was a member of the Ohio Hospital Association's State Budget Task Force and Task Force on HCAP Principles and Goals. He is a member of the Ohio Business Roundtable, is the chairman of the Austen Biolnnovation Institute in Akron, and was recently appointed to the Board of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Considine serves on the boards of several Akron area community organizations, including:
Akron Automobile Association
Akron Tomorrow (Charter member and Immediate Past Chairman)
Archbishop Hoban High School
Children's Family Care Inc., which operates the Ronald McDonald House
Community Advisory Board - Girl Scouts of America
Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce
Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America
Mayor's Akron Biomedical Corridor Executive Board
Mayor's Citizen Advocacy Committee
University Park Alliance (Advisory Board)
He is the past chairman of Summit Education Initiative and is emeritus co-chair of the This City Reads initiative. He also served as co-chair of Character Counts! Akron initiative and as chairman of Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic's Task Force on Juvenile Violence. He has appeared on the Today Show, CBS News, and numerous media outlets over the years advocating for issues that affect our children.
In 2009, Considine was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame. He has also been honored by organizations such as the American Lung Association; the Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America; the March of Dimes; the Sales and Marketing Executives Association of Akron; the Mental Health Association of Summit County; Akron Public Schools; the University of Akron (where he received his undergraduate degree in 1969); the Northeast Ohio Medical University; and his high school alma mater, Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron.
He served as lieutenant in the United States Public Health Service and holds a master's degree in health science administration from Ohio State University, and has been awarded two honorary degrees. He received the doctorate in humane letters from the University of Akron, and the doctor of science honoris causa from the Northeast Ohio Medical University.
In 2011, the Akron Community Foundation presented him with the distinguished Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award in recognition of his many years of service to the community.
Considine lives in Akron with his wife Rebecca. They have three children.