Lydia Middleton, MBA, CAE


Lydia has served as AUPHA's President and CEO since July 2004. Named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 most powerful people in healthcare, Lydia was AUPHA’s Vice President and COO from 1999-2004, having joined AUPHA in 1996 as its Director of Development. As Vice President and COO she was responsible for the operational activities of the association, and worked to ensure that the Associations’ members and stakeholders continued to receive value and quality from their investment in the organization. From 2001 until 2004, she also served as Vice President for Accreditation Operations of the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration Education. She is a member of the board of directors of the Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program.

Prior to joining AUPHA, Lydia was a development professional with the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross. In that role she worked with local chapters to develop fundraising capacity, trained Boards in non-profit governance, and supported fundraising efforts during major disasters. She has also worked with the Academy for Educational Development in Washington where she supported international development projects in Latin America and Africa.

She earned her bachelors degree in international relations and Spanish from the University of Virginia, and her MBA from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix. She became a Certified Association Executive through ASAE in 2002.


Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management

International Business
1999 To 2001

University of Virginia

International Relations
1983 To 1987


1981 To 1982

The Madeira School

High School Diploma
1979 To 1983

The Langley School

1968 To 1979


Job History

Saint Louis University

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
October 2013 - present

Sigma Leadership Group

Founding Partner
January 2013 - present

Sigma Leadership Group

Founding Partner
January 2013 - January 2014

Winston Health Policy Fellowship

Executive Director
June 2004 - January 2014

Association of University Programs in Health Administration

President & CEO
April 1996 - August 2013

American Red Cross

Development Associate
Washington, DC
January 1994 - January 1996

Vice President

Arlington, VA