AU Health names Chief Diversity Officer

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Written by Rick Plummer

We are pleased to announce that Chaplain Brennan Francois has accepted the position of Chief Diversity Officer for the AU Health System. Brennan has been a guiding light for AU Health for 27 years as Associate Director of Spiritual Care and has dedicated his career to elevating awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our organization.

During his recent tenure as Executive Advisor for DEI, Brennan helped lead the DEI Committee in establishing several working committees to address health disparities, Pipeline programs (introducing youth to healthcare careers), employee affinity groups, a diversity awareness calendar, networking and bridge-building within our community, and more. Brennan has led crucial conversations related to race relations with a goal of creating a working environment where everyone belongs and feels included.

“Establishing a Chief Diversity Officer solidifies that diversity, equity, and inclusion will be part of the fabric of our health system,” said AU Health System CEO Katrina Keefer.  “Creating a work environment that allows everyone to be heard will lead to even better patient care, and I can’t think of a more perfect person to help guide AU Health in that regard than Brennan Francois.”

Brennan received his Master’s of Divinity from Jacksonville Theological Seminary and received specialized Clinical Pastoral training from Eisenhower Army Medical Center. When Brennan isn’t at AU Health, he can be found at his home church (CHOSEN in Grovetown), and celebrating life with his wife, Arlene Hobbs, their six kids, and six grandkids. Brennan enjoys golf, traveling, reading, and playing Scrabble.

Brennan will begin his new role on February 1 and will be a direct report to the CEO.