Randy Blue (HCB ’85) recently spoke to a group of 15 students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business about the healthcare industry. The Office of Diversity and Community Relations hosted the session over lunch.
Blue, of Community Health Systems based in Franklin, Tennessee, has held executive roles in operations, manufacturing, consulting and IT over the last 32 years.
“I enjoyed taking some time to impart on these students some of my lessons learned, successes and failures,” Blue said. “I hope I have been able to plant in them the mindset that your career doesn’t start when you graduate. It starts now.”
Blue’s advice to the students included that they develop marketable skills and interests, as well as practice communicating, collaborating and building relationships.
“UT and Haslam foster these characteristics,” Blue said. “Take advantage of the environment you’re in, and those things will serve you well as you move forward with your career choices.”
Lauren Patterson, a senior economics major, participated in the lunch session because of her interest in a healthcare career.
“It’s wonderful when you get to hear from someone like Randy Blue who has been in so many different parts of the healthcare industry and is just so knowledgeable,” Patterson said. “Knowing that he has roots in the college and is willing to come back and talk to us – that’s just an incredible experience.”
Randy Bradley, assistant professor of information systems and supply chain management, described Blue as a role model for students.
“He is authentic, genuinely cares about their success, and also has a love for their alma mater,” Bradley said. “When we bring alums in, they become examples of the characteristics and traits we’re trying to instill in these students. Randy Blue can remind us all to maintain integrity and passion, even when we’re excelling.”