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Robert Adams to Serve as Interim Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance

June 18, 2002

Chancellor Charles Manning of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) today announced that Robert H. Adams, Vice President for Finance and Administration at Austin Peay State University, will serve as TBR's Interim Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance. John Rudley, who had been Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance since 1995, began a new position this week as Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University of Houston.
Adams, who was a senior finance analyst at the TBR central office from 1981-1986, has since held increasingly responsible positions at Middle Tennessee State University and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. He accepted the vice presidency at APSU a year ago, and for the next few months, he will divide his time between APSU and the TBR central office.

In making the announcement, Manning said, “I am very pleased that Bob has agreed to help us out during this transition period, and that Dr. Hoppe agreed to share him with us. He brings a wealth of knowledge about and experience with the TBR system, which will stand us in good stead during these difficult financial times. We hope to have a permanent Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance in place this fall; Bob Adams has declined to be a candidate for that position.”

Adams, a certified public accountant, holds a bachelor of science in accounting from APSU, an MBA from MTSU, an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from MTSU, and an Ed. D. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is active in a number of professional groups and civic organizations.

The Tennessee Board of Regents is the nation's sixth largest higher education system, governing 45 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 26 technology centers, providing programs to over 180,000 students in 90 of Tennessee's 95 counties.