Dr. Betty N. Adams

Dr. Betty N., Dean, College of Nursing
Dr. Betty N. Adams
Dean, College of Nursing

Betty N. Adams occupies dual roles as professor and dean of the College of Nursing at Prairie View A&M University. Adams joined the administrative ranks in 2003, bringing a wealth of health care and nursing education experience.

As dean, her expertise has led to expansion of the nursing program, acquisition of external funding, and administering nursing programs that have contributed to doubling the college’s annual enrollment.

Prior to joining Prairie View, Adams served as associate dean and professor at Texas Woman’s University; director and associate professor in the graduate program at Southern University School of Nursing; associate director and consultant of nursing education for the Louisiana State Board of Nursing; and chair and associate professor in the division of nursing at Dillard University.

Throughout her career, Adams has promoted the highest quality of nursing education, practice and research, and has contributed to the building of nursing theory and science through her significant appointments to a number of national and state boards and councils, including: president of the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education and two elected terms on the Board of Governors of the National League for Nursing.  As the University’s representative in the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Adams also serves on the Texas Medical Center Policy Council, the Texas Medical Center Governmental Affairs Advisory Council, and the Texas Medical Center International Affairs Advisory Council.

Adams received her Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans, her Master of Nursing from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA.  She also completed a post-doctoral study in Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University.

Her other professional accomplishments reflect her commitment to the advancement of nursing science through an extensive number of publication contributions to Theory Construction and Testing, the Journal of Professional Nursing and The ABNF Journal.