Carl Rudd moved to Jackson to be the Administrator and CEO of The Jackson Clinic Professional Association in 1976. Under his leadership, the Jackson Clinic has grown from 23 doctors to a clinic with 133 physicians and 617 total employees. He has sharpened the skills needed to lead a growing organization in the ever-changing field of healthcare. Carl is a health care leader, not only in Jackson, but also at both the state and national levels. He is a founding member of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), a group of healthcare providers that includes Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Vanderbilt, and Kaiser Permanente, among many others. The Jackson Clinic was awarded AMGA’s Medical Group Preeminence Award in 2000 for their exceptional leadership, innovation, vision, and contributions to the advancement of quality, effective heath care delivery practices, and structure. They were also recognized for their outstanding contributions to the local community, and Carl has been a key factor in making the Jackson Clinic what it is today.
Carl has been very involved in the Jackson community, too. He has served on the Board of Directors for Jackson Christian School, the Jackson Symphony, First Tennessee Bank, Jackson YMCA, the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of West Tennessee. He serves as an Elder at Skyline Church of Christ. Branching beyond Jackson, he has also served on international missions to Haiti and South Africa. In 2015, a new medical clinic in Zimbabwe, South Africa, was dedicated in his honor for having provided wells for water and feeding hundreds of children over the years.
Carl Rudd’s leadership philosophy is, “A leader does not take people where they want to go; a leader takes them where they need to go.” Carl is uniquely gifted in cultivating leadership; he enables people to chart a course and follow it.
Carl is married to Flo and they have four sons, Adam, Jason, Josh, and Seth, along with eight grandchildren.