Fontbonne University Announces New VP for Academic Affairs

Top Quote Fontbonne welcomes Dr. Carey Adams as new vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1, 2015. End Quote
  • St. Louis, MO-IL (1888PressRelease) July 02, 2015 - Fontbonne University has named Carey Adams vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1. Adams will oversee the university's academic programs, curriculum assessment, educational policy, academic accreditation as well as faculty engagement in student success, enrollment and retention.

    "Following an extensive search, Carey was clearly the preferred choice to be the next leader of our academic future," said J. Michael Pressimone, Fontbonne's president. "Carey's passion for leadership in education makes him the ideal person to serve in this role. His demonstrated record of success in academic affairs will bring significant strength to our existing programs."

    Adams served since 2012 as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga. In his role, he oversaw the academic affairs division, including a satellite campus in Hinesville, Ga., and served on the university's comprehensive campaign advisory council. Prior to his role at Armstrong, he served for 21 years at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., as a faculty member, director, department head, and dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

    "I am honored to join a university so dedicated to both intellectual rigor and to the transformation of individuals and society," Adams said. I hope to 'learn more and be more' right alongside our students as we all work to live out the Fontbonne mission. The campus community already has been so welcoming to my wife, Julie, and me, and I am eager to join the faculty, staff and students in moving the university forward."

    Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Religion from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., in 1986, a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 1987, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., in 1992.

    Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and in professional studies, as well as evening and online programs for busy adults. Fontbonne was founded in 1923 and is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. To learn more, visit

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