Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, has been elected to The Ohio State University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. She will start her five-year term at the conclusion of the September Board of Directors meeting. The Board of Directors is selected by a five-member nominating committee who recommend the directors-elect for consideration after reviewing a nationwide base of candidates.

Beckwith worked her way through college at Ohio State, earning Bachelor and Master degrees in Social Work. In 2009, she received the Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Alumni Medalist Award.

“Like so many of my fellow alums, I take every opportunity to tell everyone I can about the path to a bright future that The Ohio State University provided to me and available for so many others,” Beckwith said. “It is a privilege to serve as an ambassador for my alma mater.

While in graduate school at Ohio State, Beckwith was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease. This started her down a path that has led her to become one of the nation’s foremost advocates for improved end-of-life care. She worked in the field and taught at multiple universities before accepting the position at Hope. She is celebrating her 20th anniversary as Hope’s top executive.

The Alumni Association is a dues-supported organization of graduates, former students, and friends of the university with more than 122,000 members. For more than 125 years, the Alumni Association has been dedicated to connecting alumni, friends and students to enhance and strengthen the traditions and reputation of The Ohio State University.

Beckwith has been recognized for professional and personal achievements on the local, state and national levels. She was recently awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, one of the nation’s most prestigious awards, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Her previous honors include the APEX Award from the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Gulfshore Life magazine’s Woman of the Year, and the Junior Achievement of Lee County’s Business Leadership Hall of Fame.