Lynn T. Downs, PhD, is currently an Associate Professor in the H-B-B School of Business and Administration, Department of Health Administration at The University of the Incarnate Word. Lynn retired in 2018 from the United States Navy after serving 28 years in the Medical Service Corps as a practicing health care administrator. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, her Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration from American University, Washington, DC.
She has served as a healthcare practitioner in various health care administrative roles throughout her Naval Career. Her various positions include several administrative assistant roles early in her career, clinical manager of a medium overseas hospital, staff position with medical headquarters in the personnel management placement command, department manager for administration at a large teaching hospital, senior administrator of all east coast military fleet medical assets, assistant administrator for a large teaching hospital, and head of all east coast staffing placement. Most recently prior to retirement she served as deputy director and assistant professor for the Army-Baylor Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration in San Antonio, TX.
Lynn provides education consultation to current CAHME accredited programs as well as those programs in their accreditation journey. She provides facilitation and teaching of CAHME Master Classes through the CAHME Core Learning Program. Lynn also works with current site visitors and coordinators in standardizing and assessing current criteria for the accreditation process.
Lynn is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and past Regent for Central and South Texas, American College of Healthcare Executives; a Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME); Chairman of the CAHME Substantive Change Committee; member of the CAHME Candidacy Committee; past Chairman, Filerman Committee Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA); AUPHA Leadership Development Committee; past member of the Health Administration Press/AUPHA editorial board; and member of the Academy of Management.