"a picture of Dean Michael O. Adams"Michael O. Adams assumed responsibilities as the Interim Dean of the Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School on September 1, 2016. As the interim Dean, Dr. Adams has pressed forward with a ‘studentcentric’ approach to the entire operation within the School of Public Affairs. Dr. Adams also holds the position of the Director of MPA program at the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. Alongside his duties as Director, he is a Professor of Public Affairs. Dr. Adams assumed the positions of both Director and Professor in 2005 after matriculating through the ranks of professorship as a dedicated member of the Texas Southern University team since 1983. He currently serves as a Faculty Consultant for The College Board-Education Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. His expertise led him to serve as a Member of the Houston Community College Public Administration Advisory Board and as a Reviewer for The American Review of Politics. As an avid scholar in the Public Affairs arena, he has co-authored several books including, Readings in American Political Issues and Public Administration both published by Kendall-Hunt Press. Dr. Adams is published in the Journal of Service Science; the Encyclopedia of African America History; International Journal of Education Research and the European Journal of Social Sciences. His tenure at Texas Southern University covers many responsibilities. He has served as Faculty Senator; is the Chair of the University Institutional Effectiveness Committee, a part of the TSU Tomorrow Committee; the University International Studies Committee (Asian Studies) and the Academic Grievance Committee in the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. In 2008, he was honored with the Texas Southern University Research Scholar Award, School of Public Affairs Research Scholar Award and the Quiester Craig Teaching Award.
 Connect with Dr. Adams via his SelectedWorks here.

Welcome to the School of Public Affairs and thank you for your interest in who we are and what we do. As public administrators and educators, we have a special responsibility and obligation to help make governments work through objective and thoughtful education and implementation. We are, I believe, at an inflection point in history that requires as public administrators to be more than just the glue that holds our system together. We must invest our intellectual capital in making government ‘great’, as Jim Collins as described it. Peter Drucker once wrote, “the world changes every fifty years”. In 1957, we had Sputnik and the first piece of federal civil rights legislation since the 1800’s. In 2007, as Thomas Friedman points out in his book, ‘Thank You for Being late’, we started a new technology revolution. That ‘acceleration’ is changing both education and public administration. These ‘forces of change’ will shape us as John Sharp once called them, or we will shape them for the betterment of our students, communities and humanity. I would like us to focus on the latter. Let’s shape the change to help make things better. We have work to do and in times of chaos, there is opportunity. I encourage you to explore our website, consider degrees and programs well suited for you and plan to visit our campus.

We Must Lead!

Dr. Michael O. Adams
Dean, BJ – ML School of Public Affairs