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Carilion CEO Nancy Agee Advises Students to Be "Patient."


Agee spoke at part of the Ferrum College Executive in Residence program.

Ferrum, Va. (October 31, 2012) – Carilion Clinic President and Chief Executive Officer Nancy Agee was on the Ferrum College today to serve as an Executive in Residence for the school. In addition to interacting with students during several classes, Agee gave a keynote address to College community members, sharing with them her story about how she worked her way from being a nurse all the way to the CEO of the largest employer in Virginia west of Richmond.

In describing her own rise through the ranks, Agee recommended that students learn to have patience.  “Something that did not come easily for me,” she admitted.  She advised them to be persistent and to take a lesson from the turtle.  “A turtle knows when risk means being reckless and that’s when it withdraws into its shell. But it also knows if it wants to get somewhere, it has to stick its neck out.” 

Also during her address, Agee referenced a recent study that showed the College’s $93 million dollar a year impact on the surrounding area including the Roanoke Valley. “Ferrum College is an economic driver for this region,” she said. “As students you have an opportunity to create successful lives and careers from the education you receive here.”

Carilion Clinic is a not-for-profit healthcare organization serving nearly one million people in 23 counties in western Virginia through eight hospitals, outpatient specialty centers and advanced primary care practices.  In 2007, Carilion Clinic partnered with Virginia Tech to create the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.  The Clinic employs nearly 11,000 people and in 209 listed net revenues of $1.29 billion.

“We are so fortunate that Nancy Agee could step away from her tremendous responsibilities to share her thoughts with our students here today,” said Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten.

The Executive in Residence initiative at Ferrum College brings the real world business experience of current and retired business professionals to campus. Guest executives tour campus, audit classes, interact with students and faculty and are asked to deliver a lecture sharing their personal experiences and philosophies. Speakers offer insight on the knowledge, skills and leadership qualities necessary for a successful business career.

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See photos from the day here.