Having an internal medicine physician and a cardiologist as a father, Blake A. Dye was often encouraged to become a physician. Yet, the thought of becoming a doctor did not appeal to him. It was witnessing his father’s unique relationship with hospital administration and the rewards of being in healthcare that ultimately inspired Dye, leading him to pursue a career in healthcare administration. He received his BS in Public Health with a concentration in Health Administration in 1979 and his MS in Health Administration in 1981, both from what is now the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.
One semester before graduating with his MSHA, he began working in human resources at Henry County Hospital where he served for 31 years in various roles, including more than a decade as the president and chief executive officer. He thinks fondly of his role as the Director of Human Resources at Henry County Hospital and recommends that everyone begins their career as a healthcare administrator in HR.