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LaGrange College adds Foss, Key to Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of LaGrange College announced two members on Thursday.

Those members are Coleman Foss, WellStar West Georgia Medical Center president and Mitchell Key, president and managing partner of the Key and Gordy Law Firm.

For more than 25 years, Foss has held executive roles in health care. He joined Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange in 2019 as CEO.

According to a news release from LaGrange College, Foss holds a bachelor’s in health administration from Auburn University and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The news release said before coming to LaGrange, Foss was chief executive officer of Tennova Healthcare in Cleveland, Tennessee, a position he held for 11 years. At Tennova, he was responsible for the overall management and operations of a 351-bed, acute-care hospital.

During his tenure, he boosted hospital star ratings; improved patient, physician and employee satisfaction; reduced turnover from 37 percent to 9 percent; and initiated several successful programs, such as 24-hour STEMI, stroke telemedicine, serious safety and LEAN process enhancements.

Prior to Tennova, Foss served as chief executive officer of Dyersburg Regional Medical Center, Methodist Healthcare, Volunteer General Hospital and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

The news release said he is a member of American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on the boards of the March of Dimes, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Caring Place and YMCA. Foss is a member of the Rotary Club.

He and his wife, Amy, live in LaGrange.

Key received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2004 from LaGrange College, where he was a member of the 2003 National Championship Baseball team. He received his Juris Doctor from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2007.

The news release said Key generally practices in the areas of real estate law, probate law and business associations. Since returning to LaGrange in 2007, he has taken an active role in supporting his community in various roles.

He served on LaGrange College’s Leadership Council for six years as both a committee chair and president of the council. He volunteered as chairman of the Leadership Troup board of directors and president of the Hillside Montessori of LaGrange board of directors.

Key serves on the boards of the Planning and Zoning Board for the City of LaGrange and the Troup County Historical Society, as well as attorney for the THINC Academy board.

He is married to Meredith Key and they have two sons, Porter and Booker, and a four-legged son, Beau.