Jason Little (’97)

Category: Alumni Professional Achievement | Awards

2023 Alumni Professional Achievement Award Winner

In Baptist Memorial Health Care’s 111-year history, Jason Little is only the company’s fifth president. Under Little’s leadership as president and CEO, Baptist has grown from a 14-hospital system to a 22-hospital system in three states. Little leads a $3.6 billion integrated health care system with 19,500 team members and more than 5,000 affiliated physicians. Prior to his role as president and CEO, Little served as the system’s chief operating officer. He entered Baptist in 2002 after serving as an operations administrator at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Little is an alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences, having received his bachelor’s degree in College Scholars from UT in 1997. While at UT, Little was elected student body president and was designated a Whittle Scholar. Little studied medical ethics and the history of healthcare at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and Medical College in London and traveled to 26 countries. Little later earned master’s degrees in business administration and healthcare administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  

Little is highly recognized for his focus on improving health in the mid-South. He currently serves on the Tennessee Hospital Association Board and the Mississippi Hospital Association Board, and he chairs the governance committee of the board for the Healthcare Institute. Little serves extensively throughout the Memphis community and is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Germantown Baptist Church. His commitment to UT stays strong, having previously served on the UT Knoxville Board of Directors, including as president, where he led the effort to establish an alumni leader scholarship endowment. Additionally, Little and his wife, Allison (‘97, ‘98), have established an endowment to support student leaders in honor of a former vice chancellor of student life. Jason and Allison live outside of Memphis with their three children.