Two New Assistant Vice Presidents Appointed to Academic Affairs at SC State University

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Dr. AdamsDr. Barbara Adams was recently appointed as interim assistant vice president for Academic Support Programs and Graduate Studies at SC State University.  She replaces Dr. Christine Boone who will return to the Department of Social Work as a full-time professor.

Adams joined SC State University in 1990 as an accounting professor and has served the University in various capacities.  She was appointed as interim dean of the School of Business from 1994 to 1995 and again from 2002 to 2004.  She served as chair of the Department of Accounting from 1995 to 2002, and most recently was chair of the Department of Accounting, Agribusiness and Economics from 2008 to 2010. 

Prior to joining SC State, Adams held positions at Francis Marion University, the University of Houston at Clear Lake, Howard University and Texas Southern University.  She received a Ph.D. in accounting from Texas A&M University, an MBA in accounting from Atlanta University, and a B.S. in business with a concentration in accounting from Fort Valley State College.  Adams has more than 35 years experience in academia, as well as professional experience in public accounting, as an expert witness in legal cases, and as a consultant to various small businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies. 

Adams’ research interests include auditing, corporate governance and accounting ethics.  She has published in practitioner and academic journals to include: the Internal Auditor, The CPA Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, The Practical Accountant, Journal of Education for Business, The Southern Business and Economics Journal, Journal of Oil & Gas Accounting, The Journal of American Academy of Business and the American Journal of Business Education.  In addition, she serves on the editorial review boards of the Accounting Educator’s Journal and the Southern Business and Economics Journal In 2009, Adams and co-author Ann Winstead received the Outstanding Contributor Award from the Institute of Internal Auditors for their article, “Write SMART: Creating a Value-Added Internal Audit Report.” She has received many other awards including University Teacher of the Year and the Governor’s Distinguished Professor in 2001, the College of Business Teacher of the Year in 2007, the Academic Affairs Extra Mile Award, and the College of Business & Applied Professional Sciences Outstanding Service Award in 2010.

Adams is currently the principal investigator on a USDA grant to recruit agribusiness students, and has also been the principal investigator on two USDA grants to enhance faculty development in entrepreneurship and engage students in entrepreneurial activities.  She is also currently the project director for a Title III grant to enhance the writing skills of business students, and the faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi, the national honor society for accounting students. 

Dr. Joyce Blackwell, vice president for Academic Affairs, feels that Adams will definitely assist in helping the University build a stronger Graduate Studies program, as well as academic support programs. “I have had an opportunity to work with and observe Dr. Adams for a year.  She has proven to be a person committed to academic excellence and one who can, and has, made a difference in Academic Affairs,” says Blackwell.

As interim assistant vice president for Academic Support Programs and Graduate Studies, Adams will provide administrative oversight for the School of Graduate Studies, I. P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, Honors College, International Exchange Program, summer school, the registrar’s office, Weekend College for Adult Learners, library and continuing studies.  She will also assist with several academic affairs functions such as budget, strategic planning, articulation agreements, coordination of graduate academic programs and program change management.

Adams has a son, Zachary, who is a senior at Winthrop University. 

Dr. JonesDr. Carl E. Jones is the new assistant vice president for Academic Success and Retention Programs at SC State University.  Jones works collaboratively with the vice president for Academic Affairs, the associate vice president for Academic Affairs, the assistant vice president for Academic Programs and Graduate Studies, as well as deans, department chairpersons, and others across the campus to ensure broad-based input and support of student success initiatives.

Jones and his staff execute the University wide effort to increase student learning and achievement as evidenced by higher first and second-year retention rates, and ultimately higher six-year graduation rates.  According to Dr. Joyce Blackwell, vice president for Academic Affairs, Jones has demonstrated expertise in student retention efforts.  During his tenure as director of the Office of Student Success and Retention, SC State witnessed a retention rate that was higher than most of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  “As we position ourselves to take on some of the challenges of the next few decades, the academic success and retention strategies will become even more important.  Dr. Jones’ leadership ensures us that SC State will be able to meet those challenges.”  

Jones, a native of Conway, S.C., received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in French from SC State.  He obtained the Master of Arts degree in educational psychology and measurement, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in counseling and human development from Atlanta University.  Maintaining a 4.00 grade point average throughout his doctoral studies, he was named top graduate student in the Atlanta University Center by CenterPoint Magazine.  He was also named outstanding student in both the Atlanta University School of Education and the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services.

Jones’ professional experiences have included: special education teacher, addictions specialist and mental health program coordinator, educational and psychological consultant, and adjunct professor of psychology and counseling education.  Employed at SC State since 1990, he has served his alma mater as director of the Psychometric Center, director of Counseling, Health and Psychometric Services, interim vice president for Student Services, vice president for Student Services and executive director for Student Success and Retention. 

Jones has presented papers, conducted workshops, and served as keynote speaker for various professional organizations, schools, community agencies and churches.  His areas of expertise include: the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, cross-cultural training for mental health professionals, proposal development, program planning, and administration of student services in higher education.  He has conducted research on the personal orientations, often referred to as self-actualizing values of black executives in Fortune 500 Companies.  Two articles he co-authored, “Counseling from A Cultural Perspective” and “Minority Outreach: An Innovative Program of the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health,” were published in Psychiatric Forum.  Other research interests include models for engendering positive black male development, and strategies for elevating achievement levels of low-income students. 

Jones is the recipient of several honors and awards such as the Phi Delta Kappa Pyramid Award for distinguished service to education, the Smith-Jones Community Center Board of Commissioners’ Award for outstanding and dedicated service to the community, and the Otis A. Corbitt Leadership Award for visionary leadership in mental health programming and community service.  He was profiled in three editions of  Outstanding Young Men in America.

Jones’ membership in professional and fraternal organizations include: American Counseling Association, American College Personnel Association, Association of Black Psychologists, Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, Phi Delta Kappa and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  He is a board member and past president of the Action Council for Cross-Cultural Mental Health and Human Services, and was a board member and president of the former South Eastern Testing Association (SETA), representing college testing professionals in the southeastern United States.

Jones is married to Cynthia Smith Jones of Sumter, S.C. and is the father of two children,  Alysee Christine Jones and Carl Edison Jones, II.