Dr. Betty H. Adams is the Executive Director of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC). In this capacity, she oversees the SVHEC’s strategic growth and ensures agency initiatives are aligned with its mission and values. Dr. Adams is a transformational leader with nearly three decades of experience developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating adult learner programs.
With both private and public sector executive-level positions, Dr. Adams has overseen comprehensive growth and academic achievement in private, state, and community college settings. She has successfully implemented and managed comprehensive planning and effectiveness systems at rural and urban community colleges. North Carolina’s statewide, 58-institution community college system used her conceptual model of institutional accountability, “The Essential Model,” to achieve a comprehensive, integrated, outcomes-based system of planning and effectiveness.
An experienced leader with a proven record, Dr. Adams has led the SVHEC in successfully implementing five workforce training initiatives, achieving financial stability, and bringing clarity and focus to the agency’s mission and brand.
Dr. Adams holds a Master of Business Administration degree from East Carolina University and a Doctorate of Education degree from North Carolina State University.
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