Jean C. Accius, Ph.D., is a 2002 and 2003 graduate of FSU with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration and a master’s degree in aging studies.
A nationally recognized thought leader on health policy, livable communities and long-term services and supports (LTSS) reform, Dr. Accius is the current vice president of the LTSS and Livable Communities Group within the AARP Public Policy Institute. In this role, he provides strategic direction, leadership and technical expertise to create and drive innovative policy solutions that raise awareness, foster meaningful dialogue and spark action to improve the lives of millions of older adults and the families who support them.
Dr. Accius brings knowledge and a wealth of experience from having served in positions across the private, public and nonprofit sectors. He has served at the state level as a senior program lead within the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for the Ambassadors for Aging program, and at the federal level, he worked as a senior policy advisor within the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services within the Department of Health & Human Services.
In 2015, The Daily Record recognized Dr. Accius as one of the top professionals under the age of 40 for his professional accomplishments and commitment to inspiring change in the community in the State of Maryland. He is also the 2015 recipient of the American University Black Alumni award for his work and service to the community. He has authored numerous reports and a range of articles and blogs that have garnered national attention and have been quoted by or appeared in media outlets such as Politico, Congressional Quarterly’s online arm and the Huffington Post.
Outside the FSU Alumni Association’s National Board, he serves on a variety of boards and advisory committees including Justice in Aging, the American Society on Aging, Leadership Maryland, the Editorial Advisory Committee for Generations, the journal for the American Society on Aging, and the Mission and Population Board Committee of the Holy Cross Health hospital system.
Dr. Accius resides in Laurel, Maryland, with his wife, Shauniqua, and their two children, Christian and Parker.
- B.S. ’02, M.S. ’03
- Laurel, Md.
- Scholarship Committee
- Programs & Alumni Networks Committee
- Young Alumni Committee