Beaufort B. Longest Jr., PhD, FACHE, is professor of health policy and management in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) in Pennsylvania. He is the founding director of Pitt's Health Policy Institute, which he led from 1980 to 2011.
Professor Longest is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Academy of Management and the American Public Health Association. With a doctorate from Georgia State University, he served on the faculty of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management before joining Pitt's faculty in 1980.
Professor Longest's research on modeling managerial competence, issues of governance in healthcare organizations, and health policymaking has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and he is author or coauthor of 11 books and 32 chapters in other books. His book Health Policymaking in the United States, to be published in its sixth edition by Health Administration Press in 2015, is among the most widely used textbooks in health policy and management graduate programs. He has consulted for health services organizations and systems, universities, associations, and government agencies on health policy and management issues, and he has served on several editorial and organization boards.