Dr. Betty Hope Adams is a South Boston, Virginia native who has happily returned home to Halifax County. Dr. Adams left the County to follow career opportunities in North Carolina shortly after graduating from Radford University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Dr. Adams continued her academic pursuits in NC earning a Master of Business Administration degree in 1988 from East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) and a Doctorate of Education degree in 2002 from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC).
With twenty-five years experience developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating adult learner programs in private and public sectors, Dr. Adams’ career experiences include successful tenures within retail service, private college, regional state university, and community college settings. Career highlights include the following: Selected in her early twenties to serve as a multi-unit supervisor for a national food service retailer Developed and managed start-up of a comprehensive food service management training program Developed and managed start-up of the Professional Programs Division at East Carolina University , a division targeted at serving the educational needs of the regional business community Developed, implemented, and managed comprehensive planning and effectiveness systems at rural and urban community colleges and for the 58-institution NC Community College System Authored “The Essential Model,” a conceptual model of institutional accountability that maps out a comprehensive, integrated, outcomes-based, and user-friendly system of planning and effectiveness.
Dr. Adams has held a variety of leadership, teaching, and educational administration positions. From 1981 to 1986, she held the positions of unit manager, multi-unit supervisor, and regional training director with two national food service retailers. As an ECU MBA student from 1986 through 1988, she worked as a full time graduate teaching assistant in the marketing department. Upon receiving her Masters in Business Administration, Dr. Adams pursued a career in higher education, accepting a 1988 appointment as visiting assistant professor of
business at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC.
In 1989, Dr. Adams was recruited to serve as Associate Dean of the ECU Professional Programs Division, a position she held until 1994 before transferring to the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) and commencing doctoral studies at North Carolina State University. Hired in 1994 as the Assistant to the Vice President of Curriculum Services at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Adams was later promoted to Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, and Research. In 1997, she was recruited by Edgecombe Community College (ECC) in Tarboro, North Carolina, where she served as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness until 2005. Dr. Adams left ECC to lead planning and effectiveness efforts at the state level, serving as Director of Strategic Planning and Initiatives for NCCCS until accepting her current position as SVHEC Executive Director.
Professional affiliations Community College Planning and Research Organization (CCPRO), 1997-2009: served as regional director, secretary, president-elect, and president. Received the CCPRO President's Award in May 2009 for outstanding service and dedication to the organization.North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) state-level task forces, 1997-2005: worked closely with the NCCCS leadership to develop and improve various state level effectiveness-related processes and procedures.
East Carolina University (ECU), 1989-2000: served as secretary and vice president of the ECU School of Business Commerce Club and graduation speaker at School of Business graduation ceremonies.
Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS), 1997-2005: institutional peer reviewer for community colleges in the 11-state regional accreditation area.
UNC Tomorrow Commission, 2008: represented the NCCCS on the 2008 UNC Tomorrow Commission.
Dr. Adams is the proud daughter of William S. Adams, Sr. of South Boston, Virginia and Virginia M. Yeaman of Accomac, Virginia and is the grateful niece of O. Tuck Adams of Richmond, Virginia.