LINCOLN, NE – A man whose professional career has been devoted to education has been named the new executive director of the Nebraska Community College Association (NCCA). Steve Anderson, of Concord, chair of the NCCA board of directors, announced today that Greg Adams will succeed Dennis Baack, who is retiring.
Adams is currently president and executive director of Accelerate Nebraska, a non-profit corporation that is focused on improving educational outcomes and the alignment between high school, postsecondary institutions and the workforce. He is also a distinguished professor of practice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Adams will be responsible for NCCA management and legislative relations, which includes lobbying. Adams said his educational background will be essential in facilitating the work of Nebraska’s community colleges as a whole.
“I believe that I will bring to the position the experience, understanding and relationships that can fulfill the job requirements and take Nebraska’s community colleges to the next level.”
Prior to his present position, Adams served eight years in the Nebraska Legislature, representing District 24, from 2006-2014. He served as chairman of the Education Committee and was a member of the Revenue Committee; Committee On Committees; Developmental Disabilities Special Investigative Committee; Education Commission of the States Committee; the Legislature’s Planning Committee; and served as commissioner of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact Commission.
Adams also served as speaker of the legislature from January 2013 through December 2014. Baack is also a past speaker of the legislature. Prior to his time in the Unicameral, Adams was mayor of York from 1996-2006.
“Greg has the background, education and experience that will make him a key component in facilitating the work of Nebraska’s community colleges,” said Anderson.
“He is a proven leader and has a thorough understanding of what it takes to bridge the state’s K-12 system with postsecondary education with a focus on career and technical education. We are most fortunate to have two men who have served as speakers of the Nebraska Legislature to lead our organization. We would like to thank Dennis for his 23-years of service to the NCCA and look forward to having Greg join our team.”
The Nebraska Community College Association is made up of Central Community College, Mid-Plains Community College, Northeast Community College, Southeast Community College and Western Nebraska Community College.
Adams earned his Bachelor of Arts and his Masters of Arts degrees in Education from Wayne State College.
He begins his new job with the NCCA on November 1.
Listen to a full interview with Greg Adams below: