Steve R. Smith ’89, M.S. ’93, captured the national spotlight when chosen in 2012 as one of only six individuals in the country to be named a top U.S. association CEO.

The recognition came through CEO Update, a news source for nonprofit executives. Smith studied public relations and communication at ISU. He is now the executive director and CEO of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Headquartered in Elk Grove Village, the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine is dedicated to improving the care of patients with life-threatening or serious conditions through advancement of hospice and palliative medicine.