Dr. Vic Adams is serving as interim president of Gateway Community and Technical College.
Currently taking leave as Vice President and Chief Workforce Officer at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College (SKCTC), Dr. Adams has over 20 years of experience in Workforce, Community & Economic Development.
Dr. Adams has served in many positions while at SKCTC including Training & Development Coordinator, Associate Dean of Community & Economic Development and Dean of Community & Economic Development. Currently, he serves as Director of the Middlesboro Campus of SKCTC and Vice-President of the Workforce Solutions Division for the college. Under his leadership, the division has increased the number of industry workers trained by 200%.
During his tenure at SKCTC, he implemented several initiatives including the Kentucky Safety Training Institute, which provides training nationwide to various organizations including the US Department of the Interior, and Breaking Through, a program that takes under-skilled adults and provides training and support to gain employment in high-wage-high growth jobs. Another program, Accelerating Opportunity, provides short term training in high-wage-high growth industry sectors to under-skilled adults in Eastern Kentucky and additional training that enables incumbent workers to advance in their careers.
Dr. Adams serves on the SKCTC President’s Cabinet and was the Bell County chair of the BuildSmart fundraising campaign at SKCTC, which has raised over 1.5 million dollars for the college.
Dr. Adams currently serves as Vice President of the Bell County Economic Development Foundation and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE). He is past president of the Bell County Chamber of Commerce and the Middlesboro Rotary Club.
Dr. Adams graduated from Middlesboro High School in 1985, attended the University of Kentucky on a football scholarship and graduated in 1988. He then attended Lincoln Memorial University and completed his Master’s in Education in 1998. Most recently, he earned his doctorate in Community College Leadership from Mississippi State University.
Dr. Adams and his wife Desiree’ have two adult sons, Tyler (Miranda) and Hunter (Sally) and four grandchildren Case, Gatlin, Archer, and Cam.
In his spare time Dr. Adams finds relaxation working on the family farm with his sons or fishing nearby lakes, streams and ponds.