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AU creates VP position for presidential affairs to lead planning and efforts to advance university’s cultural, racial diversity


Dr. Beverly Rice McAdamsDr. Beverly Rice McAdams has been named to the new position of Vice President for Presidential Affairs at Anderson University according to University President Dr. Evans Whitaker.

In her new role, which began in June, McAdams will provide direct assistance in coordinating the daily duties and activities of the Office of the President and carry out assigned matters on behalf of the president. She will provide focused leadership in the area of strategic planning, and she will assist the president in the university’s ongoing efforts to advance and value the cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity of Anderson’s academic community. She will also serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

“I am extremely pleased that Dr. McAdams will assume this new strategic role in the university,” said President Whitaker. “Our remarkable growth over the past decade has brought us to a critical juncture in the life of the institution. Dr. McAdams will be a vital link between my office, and the campus community as we continue to advance as one of the South’s most rapidly emerging private universities.”

Dr. McAdams joined Anderson University in June 2002 as Director of Freshman Programs and Community Service. She was later promoted to Associate Dean of Student Development, and then to Associate Vice President for Student Development.

Prior to AU, she was Director of Counseling at Tri-County Technical College and also served as an academic advisor and admission counselor. At Erskine College, she had roles in financial development and admissions.

Early in her career, she was a congressional aide to former Congressman Butler Derrick who served from 1975 to 1995 as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives, representing South Carolina’s Third Congressional District.

Dr. McAdams holds a BA in English from Erskine College, and an MEd in counseling and guidance services and a PhD in educational leadership from Clemson University.



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