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Dr.  Paul  S.  Adams

Vice President
Student Affairs

Dr. Adams has served Wilkes University in various roles in student affairs and academic affairs since 1979. After serving as Dean of Student Affairs and University College until 1996, he was promoted to Vice President for Student Affairs in 2002.
He oversees Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation; University College (Advising Services, Career Services, Undeclared Students, Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction, Disability Support Services, ACT 101 and Upward Bound; Student Development (Cooperative Education and Internships, Student Activities and Leadership Programs, Community Service, Campus Interfaith, Orientation and E-mentoring); Student Health and Wellness Services; Residence Life; and Judicial Affairs. He chairs the Mentoring Committee, co-chairs the Strategic Planning Committee and is the Accreditation Liaison Officer. He co-chaired the University’s decennial Self Study (submitted in 2010) and chaired the Periodic Review Report Committee (submitted in 2015) for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Adams received both his BA and MS degrees in Education from Wilkes. Adams holds a PhD in organizational leadership/curriculum instruction from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education.
While at Wilkes, he has been the Director of Residence Life, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of Academic Support Services, Dean of Student Affairs and University College, and Interim Vice President for Development. He has been a member of the board of directors of Luzerne County Head Start, the United Way of Wyoming Valley and the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. He presently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Diamond City Partnership and is a trustee of the James Sutton Home.

In 2011, Adams was named a Distinguished Graduate of Binghamton (NY) City School District.