Mission Statement


Donald V. Adams

The defining characteristic of the Adams Leadership Institute is that of connection - connecting students' in-class and out-of-class learning experiences and connecting the insights and experiences of our alumni and community leaders with the talents of current faculty, staff and students. 

Since July 1969, Donald Adams has been Vice President for Student Life at Drake University. In 1985 the title Vice President for Enrollment Management was added, and in January 1995, Dr. Adams assumed the position of Executive Assistant to the President. Dr. Adams served as Drake's 125th Anniversary Fellow for 2005-2007. On May 31, 2007, Dr. Adams retired from Drake University after 37 years of service.

Dr. Adams has served as Regional Vice President and President of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Dr. Adams has also received the outstanding alumnus award from the University of Northern Iowa, the Fred Turner Award for outstanding service to NASPA and was selected for the Scott Goodnight Award from NASPA as the outstanding student affairs administrator in the United States.

The six personal values of Dr. Adams are the foundation of the Adams Leadership Institute:

  • Take Responsibility
  • Be Honest and Dependable
  • Be Persistent
  • Preserve Your Options
  • Never Stop Learning
  • Love Unconditionally
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