BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Julius Gregg Adams, PhD, has been named
director of the University at Buffalo's Educational Opportunity
Center (EOC), which provides programs to prepare low-income and
non-traditional students for higher education and jobs.
His appointment is effective June 1.
Adams joins UB from Daemen College, where he chairs the
Education Department and is associate dean for special initiatives
in education. He previously held teaching and administrative
positions at St. John Fisher College in Rochester and Fredonia
State College, where he was director of the School of Education and
an associate professor of education. He also worked as a school
psychologist in the Buffalo Public Schools.
Additionally, Adams served as associate dean for teacher
education in UB's Graduate School of Education from 2002-06. During
that time, he also was interim executive director of the Office for
University Preparatory Programs, an organization that works to
enrich the education provided to local children and teenagers.
"Dr. Adams' educational background, experience and knowledge of
the Buffalo-Niagara region make him an outstanding choice to lead
the Educational Opportunity Center," said Bruce D. McCombe, UB's
interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.
"Under his leadership, the EOC will continue to offer educational
programs and services that support students in achieving their full
Founded in 1973, the EOC is part of a statewide network of 10
Educational Opportunity Centers and two Outreach and Counseling
Centers that operate under SUNY's University Center for Academic
and Workforce Development.
UB's EOC annually serves about 2,000 students ages 16 and older.
It offers programs in literacy training, English as a second
language education, General Educational Development (GED) training
and college preparation, as well as career training in health care,
information technology, green technologies and the service
industry. It also provides programs, such as tax preparation and
assessment testing, to roughly 3,000 community members each
As director, Adams will lead about 70 faculty and staff
"I'm very excited about this opportunity," he said. "The EOC
provides a very valuable service to the university and this
McCombe thanked Danis J. Gehl, the EOC's associate director, for
her service as interim director since last November, following the
retirement of Sherryl D. Weems.
Adams' appointment comes as the EOC prepares to move into a new
$46-million, environmentally friendly building in downtown Buffalo
next year. The 64,000-square-foot structure, which will replace the
EOC's current home at 465 Washington St., will enable EOC officials
to increase community programs and services.
The new facility will connect to the renovated M. Wile building
to form the UB Downtown Gateway Complex on Goodell Street. The
complex, which borders the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, includes
UB's Office of Economic Engagement, Regional Institute, Center for
Educational Collaboration, the administrative offices of Millard
Fillmore College and the Department of Family Medicine in the
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
UB anticipates the new EOC building will be certified
gold—the second-highest designation possible—under the
U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
Construction of the new EOC and renovation of the UB Gateway
complex are part of the UB 2020 plan to develop a campus in
downtown Buffalo and increase the university's impact on Buffalo's
economy and quality of life.
Adams received a bachelor's degree in psychology, and master's
and doctoral degrees in educational psychology, all from UB. He has
received numerous awards, including a SUNY Chancellor's Award for
Excellence in Teaching in 1993. He also serves on the New York
State Education Department's Board of Regents Professional
Standards and Practices Board, as well as a working group that is
developing new teacher exams.
A Buffalo native, Adams resides in Amherst with his wife,
Carmon, and daughter, Lisa.
More information about the EOC is available at http://eoc.buffalo.edu.