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New CEO, Chief Development Officer Named at Baptist Health Foundation


Reanetta Hunt

A new chief development officer and CEO has been tapped to lead the Baptist Health Foundation.

The Baptist Health system has appointed Reanetta Hunt to lead the foundation. As the CEO of the Baptist Health Foundation, Hunt will be responsible for managing the organization’s charitable programs and projects. These programs include scholarship awards, the BHealthy initiative, and the Baby Project.

“It is a tremendous opportunity and honor to be selected to head the development operations at Baptist Health and to work with its board and talented staff to further the critical mission of leading and inspiring philanthropic efforts and civic involvement aimed at improving the health care and quality of life for the people of Arkansas,” Hunt says. “I am thrilled to return to my home state, and I look forward to reaching out through innovative ways as well as through existing portals to not only enhance our current network but also to cultivate dynamic new relationships.”

Hunt was previously the CEO of the Chicago State Foundation and interim vice president of advancement at Chicago State University.

“Reanetta brings an incredible depth of experience with more than 25 years working in nonprofit leadership capacities addressing some of the more challenging aspects of development and fundraising,” said Troy Wells, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “I am convinced that with her proven leadership and vision, Reanetta will bring about innovative, inspiring solutions to some of the specific challenges that are unique to the Baptist Health Foundation.”

Hunt is a native of Arkansas, holding a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts/journalism and a master’s degree in education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She formerly served as a reporter and anchor at KATV-TV in Little Rock.

She will be filling the role vacated by former Baptist Health Foundation Chief Development Officer Missy Lewis. She resigned from the position in late December 2018.

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