Robert joined the RHC as its first CEO in May of 2002. Prior to joining the Commission, Robert spent seven years as a health care consultant for Ernst & Young LLP.
Robert earned an MBA from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University, an MHA from the Washington University School of Medicine, and is a graduate of the Eisenhower Fellows (China and China/Taiwan), Coro St. Louis Fellows and Leadership St. Louis programs. Robert also served for seven years as an adjunct faculty member at the Washington University School of Medicine teaching health care finance.
Robert currently serves as a member of the National Council for the Institute of Public Health at Washington University, the Mayor’s Commission on Youth and Families, and as a member of the board for the Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis and Provident, Inc. He has served on over a dozen regional boards and committees over the past 20 years, including the boards of the Lutheran Foundation, United Way Allocations Committee, Susan G. Komen Foundation Allocations Committee, and the Non Profit Services Center.
Robert was named by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the “Most Influential People” in St. Louis (2011 and 2012). He is a recipient of the “Health Care Hero” Award for Public Policy from the St. Louis Business Journal, and the “St. Louis Region as One Leadership Award” and “Distinguished National Alumni Award” from the Coro Leadership Center, among other awards.
In addition, under his leadership, the Commission has been the recipient of two “What’s Right with the Region” awards from Focus St. Louis, the “Outstanding Civic Leader” award from the Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI St. Louis, the “Silver Key” Award from Mental Health America, and the “Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award ” from the East/West Gateway Council of Governments, among other awards.
Robert is a life-long native of the St. Louis region. He spends his free time with his wife Holly and two sons, Trey and Andrew.
Contact Rob at RFruend@stlrhc.org or (314) 446-6454 ext. 1131.