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About James H. Stephens (1947-2021)

Dr. James H. Stephens, age 73, died on Thursday, February 4th, 2021, at Ogeechee Area Hospice inpatient facility.
Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr. Stephens earned a Doctoral of Health Administration at Central  Michigan University’s School of Health Sciences, a Masters in Health  Administration at Indiana University’s School of Medicine, and a  Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Indiana University’s  School of Business.  He was a Fellow in the American College of  Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is Board Certified.

He held senior executive positions in large medical centers and  health systems for 25 years, with 18 years at the President and CEO  level.  Before joining the Georgia Southern University faculty, he held  faculty/staff positions at University of Kentucky, Ohio University,  University of Indianapolis, and Butler University.

Dr. Stephens served on many  healthcare and civic organizational governing boards to include the  Kentucky and Indiana Hospital Associations, Chamber of Commerce, United  Way, Boy Scouts, and the International Rotary Club.

He was awarded Excellence in  Teaching at Georgia Southern University, Excellence in Service Award at  Ohio University, Sagamore of the Wabash (highest award from the Governor  of Indiana), Kentucky Colonel (highest award from the Governor of  Kentucky), Indiana Governor’s Award for Volunteerism, Indiana University  Alumni Association President’s Award, Lincoln Trail Red Cross Award,  and Equal Opportunity Award of Merit by the Urban League.  He was also a  Paul Harris Fellow in International Rotary.  He and his wife have been recognized as Special Donations by International Rotary for their  contribution to the Polio-Plus Program.

Dr. Stephens’ interests included healthcare systems, disparity issues in urban/rural communities, CEO  leadership development and succession planning, healthcare governance,  strategic planning, and new healthcare delivery models.

Dr. Stephens was an  Associate Professor and Distinguished Fellow in Healthcare Leadership  and the Director for the Master of Healthcare Administration Program  within the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern  University.  He taught only doctoral and master’s courses to include  Healthcare Finance, Healthcare Economics, Leadership and Strategic  Planning, and Communication in Healthcare Organizations.

Dr. Stephens published many  articles, book chapters and case studies in additional to national and  international academic presentations. 

Disciplines: Health Policy and Management
Teaching Interests: Leadership, Strategic Planning, Health Economics and Finance


2007 - 2020 Faculty Member, Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Emeriti, Retired, and In Memoriam

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Kentucky Colonel, Governor of Kentucky (1974)
  • Recipient, Hardin Memorial Hospital Medical Staff Distinguished and Dedicated Service (1981)
  • Recipient, Lincoln Trail Red Cross Award (1982)
  • Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives (1984)
  • Recipient, Indiana University of Madison Country Distinguished Alumni Award (1988)
  • Recipient, International Management Council Award for Distinguished Service (1989)
  • Recipient, Indiana University Alumni Association President’s Award, Indiana University (1990)
  • Recipient, Sagamore of the Wabash, Governor of Indiana (1990)
  • Recipient, Chief Anderson Award, Mayor of Anderson (1991)
  • Recipient, Indiana Governor’s Award for Volunteerism (1992)
  • Recipient, Equal Opportunity Award of Merit, Urban League (1993)
  • Recipient, International Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow and Polio Plus Special Recognition (1999)
  • Recipient, Excellence in Service Award, Ohio University (2007)
  • Recipient, Sir Knight of the Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus (2012)
  • Recipient, Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award (2012)
  • Recipient, Award of Excellence in Teaching, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University (2011-2012)
  • Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Student Association (2013-2014)
  • Inductee, Gamma Theta Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (2015)
  • Recipient, Martha Williams Humanitarian Award (2015)
  • Recipient, Award of Excellence in Service, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University (2016-2017)


  • 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)


2006 Doctor of Health Administration, Central Michigan University
1974 Masters in Health Administration, Indiana University
1972 B.A. in Business Administration, Indiana University

Contact Information

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


Refereed Publications and Proceedings (14)

Books (1)

Book Chapters (15)