University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
November 19, 2008
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6360


Admired Administrator Dr. Dale Adams to Address
USA Fall Commencement Dec. 6

Dr. Dale Adams  
Dr. Dale Adams
Known for his outstanding leadership and passion for individual student success, Dr. Dale Adams will give the University of South Alabama’s Fall 2008 Commencement address on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m., at the USA Mitchell Center. The ceremony marks the beginning for 1,591 graduates, bringing the total number of degrees awarded in USA’s history to 63,740.

At the fall commencement ceremony, USA will award 946 bachelor’s degrees, 597 master’s degrees, 11 educational specialists and 37 doctorate degrees. Fall commencement is the graduation exercise for students who completed degree requirements in both the summer and fall terms.

Fondly remembered by students as a caring and concerned mentor, Adams served the University of South Alabama for nearly 19 years – six as dean of students and 13 as vice president for student affairs. He also served as assistant professor of education at USA.  

At USA, Adams was actively involved in all phases of student life, including student government, student media, student organizations and Greek life, housing, student recreation, athletics, student diversity, ethics and discipline, special needs students, and many others.

Numerous programs and projects in support of student life were implemented during Adams’ tenure.  He helped develop eight sorority and fraternity houses for lease, and established an Office of Minority Student Affairs, now the Office of Multicultural Affairs. He also developed the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention.

In addition, Adams managed a renovation project for single-family dwellings for students, planned and developed several new residence halls, and planned for a student recreation center, which is now under construction. He also established the Faculty Mentor Program, the Freshmen Advisory Board and the Office of Special Student Services.

Adams has been an active member in a number of organizations such as the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Southern Association for College Student Affairs, the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel. He is also a member of Phi Delta Kappa National Education Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa National Service Honor Society, to name a few.

While serving as USA Dean of Students, Adams received the prestigious John Jones Award as Dean of Students in the South from the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. He has written numerous publications/presentations and grants.

A native of Lexington, Ky., Adams received his bachelor of arts degree with honors from Cincinnati Bible College, a master of education degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and a doctorate in education from the University of Cincinnati.

Prior to joining USA, Adams served for 12 years in student affairs at the University of Louisville, ultimately rising to the position of associate vice president for student affairs.

Adams retired from USA in 2008.  He and his wife, Jane, remain active in campus life.  The couple has three adult children -- two daughters and one son.



For the graduating students, there will be reserved parking in the parking lot across from the Student Recreation Center on Jaguar Drive, which is located behind the Mitchell College of Business.  Admittance to the Physical Education Building is limited to graduating students only.

Handicapped parking will be limited but is available for students, family and friends.  Entrance to this parking lot will be from Old Shell Road only (behind the Mitchell Center).  Proper tags must be visible for access to this lot.

SHUTTLE SERVICES (for family and guests)

SHUTTLE TIMES:  Shuttle services will run from noon to 6 p.m.

SHUTTLE PICKUP POINTS:  University Commons, Mitchell College of Business parking lot, Gamma Residence Hall/ Engineering parking lot, and the parking lot east of the Computer Science Building.
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