Our Trustees

Leonard Riggs

Trustee, NPS Foundation

Dr. Leonard M. Riggs, a native of Longview, Texas, attended Centenary College of Louisiana and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He interned at the University of Tennessee and then served in the U.S. Navy as a flight surgeon for the First Marine Air Wing in Vietnam. After returning from the military in 1972, he began his career as an emergency physician at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where he eventually became chief of emergency medicine. Dr. Riggs was recognized nationally through his involvement with emergency medicine at all levels including being a past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and serving on the American Board of Emergency Medicine and numerous other medical societies. Dr. Riggs founded the precursor to EmCare, Inc. in 1972. In 1994, EmCare became a public company with Dr. Riggs as its CEO. The company was bought by another public company in 1997, and after four years, Dr. Riggs retired to become a private investor managing family interests through a firm known as Riggs Management, Inc. In 2010, he was asked by EmCare to reinvest and be a member of the board again.

​Because of his experience as an officer of a public company, Dr. Riggs was chosen as a board member of Prentiss Properties Trust in 1996, which merged into Brandywine Realty Trust in 2006. In 2004, Dr. Riggs was elected to the board of Westwood Holdings Group, Inc., an institutional asset management firm that provides services to institutions and high net worth individuals. Dr. Riggs resigned from this board in 2006 to pursue other interests. He is also an affiliate of two private equity funds, CIC in Dallas and Lindsay Goldberg Bessemer in New York.

​Dr. Riggs has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization and now belongs to the World Presidents Organization. He also serves or has served on the boards of Southwestern Medical Foundation, Dallas Citizens Council, Centenary College, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, and is a past president of the board of St. Marks School of Texas. He is the past chairman of the Baylor Healthcare System Foundation Board of Trustees and is currently chairman of the Board of the North Dallas Shared Ministries.