John C Adams, PhD, MBA, MA

Associate Professor

Department of Health Services Research & Administration
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

  • 2011–present Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Research & Administration, College of Public Health, UNMC
  • 2011–2012 Special Advisor to the Chancellor, UNMC
  • 1998–present Courtesy Instructor, Pharmacy Practice, UNMC
  • 1987–2010 Asst. Vice Chancellor/Director, Budget and Strategic Planning, UNMC
  • 2009 Visiting Lecturer, School of Public Administration, UNO
  • 1981–87 Vice President, Finance, Children's Square USA/Christian Home Association
  • 1980–81 Associate Professor, Accounting & Management, Luther College
  • 1975–80 Assistant Professor, Accounting & Management, Luther College
  • 1974–75 Staff Accountant, Smith & Lange, CPAs


  • PhD, Educational Leadership and Higher Education, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2003
  • MA, History, California State University, Northridge, 1972
  • MBA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1968
  • BS, Accounting, University of Southern California, 1967
  • Certifications- Certified Public Accountant  1974 - 2002

Research and Consulting Interests

Dr. Adams’ research experience is in the area of distance education strategy and strategic cognition. His current research interests focus on governing board development and effectiveness and inter-organizational relationships.  Dr. Adams consults with a variety of organizations in the areas of strategic planning and organizational development.

Selected Presentations & Publications

  • Adams, J. (2013, July). Making the leap: Successfully negotiating novel strategic planning challenges. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for College and University Planning, San Diego, CA.
  • Adams, J. (2012, October). SCUP Planning Institute Step I: Foundations of Planning in Higher Education. Full-day workshop at the North Central Regional Meeting of the Society for College and University Planning, Champaign, IL.
  • Adams, J. C. (2008). [Review of the book How: Why how we do anything means everything in business (and in life)]. Planning for Higher Education, 37(2), 71-72.
  • Adams, J. C. (2006). [Review of the book The world is flat: A brief history of the Twenty-First Century]. Planning for Higher Education, 34(3), 60-61.
  • Adams, J. C., Benson, J. B., Crouse, D. A., Helms, M. E. (2006). In the loop: Self-study team and campus communication strategies. In S. Van Kollenburg (ed.), A Collection of Papers on Self-study and Institutional Improvement: Vol. 4. The future-focused organization, quality assurance, and quality improvement. Chicago: Higher Learning Commission, 121-124.
  • Adams, J. C. & Seagren, A. T. (2005). Leading community college distance education. Academic Leadership Journal 1(1).
  • Adams, J. C. & Seagren, A. T. (2004). Distance education strategy: Mental models and strategic choices. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 7(2).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • Society for College and University Planning
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • Public Health Association of Nebraska 

contact john adams
John C Adams, PhD at UNMC College of Public Health
984350 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4350
Phone: 402-552-7246
Fax: 402-559-9695