Robert “Bob” Lane has been named the next president and CEO of the American College of Health Care Administrators, the association announced Wednesday. The appointment becomes effective Sept. 7.

The association’s immediate past board chairman and a board member before that since 2013, Lane most recently has provided operations consulting for healthcare providers for BKD CPAs and Advisors.

Bob Lane

He succeeds Bill McGinley who retired earlier this summer after more than three years as ACHCA’s top executive. Lane, who was board chairman at the time of McGinley’s announcement in March, praised him for stabilizing ACHCA operations and setting it “back on a successful course.”

Lane is a licensed nursing home administrator who began his long-term career with National Healthcare Corporation in Missouri, serving a 13-year term ending in 2000. Since then, he has worked in skilled nursing, assisted living and long-term acute care in his native Oklahoma. Among other duties, he led project teams during the seventh and eighth scopes of work for the Oklahoma quality improvement organization (QIO). 

His previous involvement with ACHCA includes stints as the Oklahoma and Missouri chapter president and District 5 director. Among other posts, he has been on the faculty for the health administration program at St. Joseph’s College in Maine.

He holds a master’s degree, focusing on health and human services, and a graduate certificate in gerontology, both from the University of Oklahoma.

Rudy Michalek, another former board chair who has held numerous leadership positions within AHCA over his nearly four-decade involvement with the group, has served as its interim president and CEO since May 24.

Founded in 1962, ACHCA bills itself as the only professional association “devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s post-acute and aging services leaders.”