PITTSBURGH—Richard “Rick” Adams has been named to the newly created post of executive director of community relations and outreach at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) effective July 1, 2010.
In his new role, Adams will develop and implement strategies to promote positive linkages with the community. He will connect CCAC to community initiatives that support education and will seek to partner the college with community organizations to expand accessibility to higher education throughout the region.
Adams has served in numerous capacities during his 23 years with CCAC, including assistant to the executive dean, South campus; acting assistant to the president; public information officer; assistant dean, Homewood-Brushton center; assistant dean of recruitment and outreach; assistant dean of multi-cultural affairs and director for college and community diversity initiatives. He currently serves as special assistant to the president for diversity and equity.
In his current role as head of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE), Adams has promoted numerous initiatives to enhance diversity at CCAC, including appointing diversity officers at each of the college’s four campuses and assisting in building awareness that resulted in significant increases in CCAC’s work with Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MWDBE). He recently participated in the development of the college’s Tactical Plan for Diversity and Inclusion, which outlines specific steps toward making CCAC more representative of the community it serves.
“Rick will bring his deep passion for community involvement and education to his new position,” said Alex Johnson, CCAC president. “His skills and experience will enable us to close a gap in our interactions with our neighbors and emphasize the ‘community’ in our name.”
Adams is a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh’s East End. A graduate of Westinghouse High School, he received a BA from Bowdoin College with a double major in government and Afro-American studies and earned an MA in business communications from Jones International University.
Adams’ commitment to community service includes serving as a member of the Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission and previously as an elected member of the Pittsburgh School Board. He is currently a member of the executive committee of The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) and an associate member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). He has also been a radio talk show host for nearly a decade.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.