John Howard, an accomplished healthcare executive who holds doctorate and law degrees, is president and CEO of Wellmont Medical Associates and executive vice president, legal and corporate affairs, and interim chief compliance officer for Wellmont Health System. He joined Wellmont's executive leadership team on April 1, 2011. Mr. Howard worked for St. John's Mercy Health Care in St. Louis from 2001-11. Most recently, he had served as executive vice president and chief development officer. He was previously senior vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary. He also served as director of corporate compliance and privacy officer. Mr. Howard received a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies from Concordia Lutheran College in Austin, Texas; a master's degree in English and philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin; a doctorate degree in English from St. Louis University; and a law degree from St. Louis University.