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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Sept. 9, 2013

Northwest’s McAdams accepts provost role at Delta State

Dr. Charles McAdams

Dr. Charles McAdams

Dr. Charles McAdams, who has served Northwest Missouri State University since 2004 as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will resign from Northwest to become provost and vice president for academic affairs at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., starting Dec. 1.

“It is with mixed emotions that I wish Dr. McAdams well in his new role as provost at Delta State University,” Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said. “I am, of course, happy for him and his wife, Carol. I, however, am also sad that our work together at Northwest is going to end. Delta State has gained a great leader, and Northwest is a much better place because of him.”

Since arriving at Northwest, McAdams has led the College of Arts and Sciences in developing new programs in nanoscale science, Geographic Information Science (GIS), a Bachelor of Science in nursing, a Bachelor of Science in radiologic science and a Master of Science in biotechnology.

McAdams also led a team of science faculty to design the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), which opened in 2009 and houses the nanoscale science program, a state-of-the-art commercial analysis lab and mixed-use business incubator. He also co-led the advisory board for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship during its three-year start-up period.

McAdams has traveled extensively promoting student and faculty international exchanges with Northwest and advocating the importance of internationalizing the curriculum on the Northwest campus. He also initiated efforts to establish Northwest’s first international alumni chapter in Tokyo, Japan.

McAdams also serves as the University’s liaison to the Higher Learning Commission, Northwest’s regional accreditor. He represents Northwest on the Kansas City Area Development Council’s Higher Education group.

“I have enjoyed my time at Northwest very much and I believe we accomplished many things that have brought increased opportunities for both students and faculty,” McAdams said. “I am excited about the position at Delta State, but I will always be grateful for the experiences and relationships I developed at Northwest.”

Previously, he was professor of music and chair of the Department of Music at the University of Central Missouri. He has also held leadership positions in various professional organizations including president of the Missouri Association of Departments and Schools of Music from 2002 to 2004 and vice president of the College-University Division of the Missouri Music Educators Association from 1998 to 2000.

McAdams received his doctoral and master’s degrees in music education from the University of Illinois and bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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