Leon Haley, late UF Health CEO, honored at OneJax Humanitarian Awards

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Leon Haley, the late UF Health CEO who died in a personal watercraft accident in July 2021, was one of several Jacksonville-area leaders recognized Tuesday at the OneJax Humanitarian Awards event.

At Daily’s Place, the awards event recognized people who give generously, have high levels of integrity and are dedicated to improving relationships in diverse groups of the community.

Haley was given the President’s Citation award posthumously. His family accepted the award on his behalf.

Haley was one of the key faces in the fight against COVID-19 in Jacksonville.

In mid-December, he stepped up to become the first person in Jacksonville to receive the Pfizer vaccine when it became available, setting an example for his staff and the rest of the city.

Haley, who served as the dean of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, became the first Black CEO of UF Health Jacksonville in January 2018. He was also vice president of health affairs of the University of Florida.

Audrey Moran was given a lifetime achievement award. Warren Jones, David Miller and Marc Mayo were also honored.