I am an associate professor and program director for Health Services Administration in the Department of Political Science at Auburn University. In 2019 I was selected by University officials as the Ralph "Shug" Jordan Endowed Professor of Writing. My teaching interests and expertise include strategic management, introduction to health care systems, health information systems and technology, healthcare quality management and health insurance and reimbursement. I have also taught philanthropic fundraising for the public administration (MPA) program at Auburn, and am active in University outreach to community organizations on fundraising and nonprofit management topics. My research focuses primarily on the strategic management of healthcare organizations and nonprofit organizations, including fundraising performance, organizational performance, and governance. Prior to launching a career as a college professor, I spent 25 years working in development, public relations and management for nonprofit organizations in health care, higher education and the fine arts.
I have been a member of AUPHA since my days as a doctoral student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Since joining the faculty at Auburn in 2010, I have been an active AUPHA volunteer serving on and chairing undergraduate certification review teams as well as serving two terms as a member of the Undergraduate Program Committee. While on the UPC, I served on multiple task forces examining various issues related to undergraduate programs. My other professional affiliations include ACHE, MGMA, HIMSS, ARNOVA and the Academy of Management.