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Warren McDonald

Warren McDonald, Lecturer

Health Care Management, Health Administration, Health Informatics

Dr. McDonald is an internationally recognized educator, consultant and practitioner. H recently retired from his long time position as a tenured full professor and chair of the Department of Health Administration at Methodist University. He is also Chief Executive Officer of McDonald and Associates, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to improving individuals and organizations through leadership development. He is a Registered Optician in the State of North Carolina, and serves as a consultant to a number of ophthalmic and general health care organizations in the areas of staff training and development, and practice management.

His academic background includes undergraduate degrees in Opticianry and Management. He holds graduate degrees in Health Care Management (Norwich University) Education (East Carolina) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (Touro University International), as well as a number of professional certifications, including the prestigious Master of Ophthalmic Optics, and Advanced Certification in Contact Lenses from the National Contact Lens Examiners. He is a member of the Class of 2005 at the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Risk Management from the University of Florida.

He is a proud member of the adjunct faculty in the Master of Health Administration Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Prior to joining the faculty at Methodist University he held senior-level administrative positions in the University of North Carolina system, and regularly consults with a number of universities and colleges in the areas of leadership, operational and program development, particularly online programs. Much of his work in the UNC System culminated in what remains today as the University of North Carolina Online.


Dr. McDonald is active in his community of Fayetteville, NC, home to Fort Bragg, America’s largest military population. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Cape Fear Valley Health Systems, a 10-hospital system that also serves as a teaching hospital. He is the former chair of the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, and during his tenure he was recognized for his efforts in finding the funding through North Carolina’s legislature and the UNC system to complete the organization’s new multimillion dollar facility with state of the art teaching facilities that support a family practice residency with Duke Medical School providing much needed additional treatment space for the medical practice located within the SR-AHEC that has benefited the local communities in the nine county service area for many years. He was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve on the Disciplinary Hearing Commission of the North Carolina State Bar for a 2-year term, and appointed by Representative Tim Moore, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the North Carolina General Assembly to the Board of Trustees of Fayetteville State University, an historic HBCU and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. He most recently has also accepted an appointment on the university advisory board at St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC, so his commitment to both health care and higher education remains a significant part of his life in early retirement.

Dr. McDonald is a noted speaker at professional meetings both nationally and internationally and has published two texts for Health Administration Press. He is active in many professional and civic organizations, including the American College of Health Care Executives (faculty member), who awarded him the Regents Award for the State of North Carolina in 2016 for his work in Higher Education. He also severed as education chair for over ten years for the ACHE regional chapter, the Sandhills Healthcare Executives Form. He is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and serves regularly on certification review teams for Health Administration programs nationwide. He is a member of the editorial review boards for Frontiers of Public Health, Hospital Topics, and the Journal of Health Administration Education. His latest book is entitled Strategic Analysis for Health Care; Concepts and Practical Applications, published by Health Administration Press, now in its second edition. The book is used by many academic programs throughout the country. His latest book will be available from Linus Publishing fall of 2022, and entitled: Effective Leadership for Health Care Organizations . . . Meeting Healthcare’s Greatest

One thing many find interesting is that Dr. McDonald is a professional musician and entertainer. He has been recording and performing for over 50 years, currently with his group Classic Soul.


  • Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education, 2005;
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (International Health Education/Research), Touro University International, 2005;
  • Master of Arts in Education (Adult and Community Education), East Carolina University, 1991;
  • Master of Arts in Health Care Management, Vermont College of Norwich University, 1987;
  • Bachelor of Arts in Management, Eckerd College, 1983;
  • Associate in Applied Science in Opticianry, Durham Technical Institue, 1973.