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About James H. Stephens

Dr. James Stephens has twenty-five years of healthcare corporate executive career experience, including eighteen years as a president and CEO for large medical centers and health systems. He is a professional educator with a strong application of business knowledge and higher education teaching experience focused in the development of an integrated educational process for both Masters and Doctoral level students. His teaching philosophy is to facilitate a learning environment where critical thinking occurs, to create stimulation of new information to gain different insights, and to obtain intellectual competence. Dr. Stephens is a Board Certified Healthcare Executive and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


2013 Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
2013 Present Distinguished Fellow in Healthcare Leadership, Georgia Southern University
Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Health Policy & Management, Department of
Present Director of Masters of Health Care Administration, Georgia Southern University
20072013 Assistant Professor, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Kentucky Colonel (highest award from the Governor of Kentucky) (1974)
  • Hardin Memorial Hospital Medical Staff Distinguished and Dedicated Service 1981
  • Lincoln Trail Red Cross Award 1982
  • American College of Healthcare Executives, Fellow 1984
  • Indiana University of Madison Country Distinguished Alumni Award 1988
  • International Management Council Award for Distinguished Service 1989
  • Indiana University Alumni Association President’s Award 1990
  • Sagamore of the Wabash (highest award from the Governor of Indiana) 1990
  • Chief Anderson Award (highest award from the Mayor of Anderson) 1991
  • Indiana Governor’s Award for Volunteerism 1992
  • Equal Opportunity Award of Merit by the Urban League 1993
  • International Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow and Polio Plus Special Recognition 1999
  • Excellence in Service Award, Ohio University 2007
  • Sir Knight of the Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus 2012
  • Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award 2012
  • Award of Excellence for Teaching, JPHCOPH, Georgia Southern University 2011-12
  • Certificate of Appreciation from JPHCOPH Public Health Student Association 2013-14
  • Gamma Theta Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health 2015
  • Martha Williams Humanitarian Award 2015


  • Health Finance and the Payment System (Master level) (HSPM 7137)
  • Fundamentals of Management and Marketing (Master level) (MGNT 6331)
  • Health Organization Communication (Doctoral level) (PHLD 9133)
  • Health Services Leadership and Marketing (Master level) (HSPM 7230)
  • Health Economics and the Political Process (Doctoral level) (PUBH 8134)
  • Financial Management of Public Health Organization and Programs (Doctoral level) (PHLD 9334)
  • Health Marketing and Strategic Planning (Master Level) (HSPM 7030)
  • Health Policy (Master level) (HLTH 608)
  • Human Resources Management and Training in Healthcare (Bachelor level) (HLTH 316)
  • Administration of Health Organization and Systems (Master Level) (HLTH 603)
  • Strategic Planning and Marketing Healthcare Services (Master level) (HLTH 638)
  • Human Resource Development and Management in Healthcare (Master level) (HLTH 635)
  • Leadership & Maximizing Human Capital (Master Level) (HLTH 603)
  • Evaluation and Technology in Health Care Administration (Master Level) (HLTH 602 & 610)
  • Leadership Applications (Master Level) (HLTH 660)
  • Leadership (Bachelor level) (BADM 460)
  • Business Policy and Strategy (Bachelor level) (BADM 439)
  • Human Resources Management (Bachelor level) (HRM 381)
  • Organizational Behavior (Bachelor level) (BADM 234)
  • Collective Bargaining (Bachelor level) (HRM 482)
  • Introduction to Information Systems (Bachelor level) (CIS 151)
  • Topics in Leadership (Doctoral Level) (OTPP 618)


B.A. in Business Administration, Indiana University ‐ School of Business
Ph.D. in Health Administration, Central Michigan University ‐ School of Health Sciences
M.S. in Health Administration, Indiana University ‐ School of Business

Contact Information

PO Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-5958
Office: Hendricks Hall


Refereed Publications and Proceedings (15)

Books (2)

Book Chapters (14)