Mr. Adams has been the Executive Director since January, 2005. A native of Columbia and a 1968 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, he maintained an active private law practice in Columbia for over 28 years. Prior to joining the agency Mr. Adams served as the vice president for government relations and general counsel for a major hospital industry trade association.
He is a 1965 graduate of Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps. He is a Viet Nam veteran and recipient of a Bronze Star.
Mr. Adams served as Mayor of Columbia from 1986-1990 and was an at-large member of its City Council from 1976-1986. In 1986 he was appointed the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for South Carolina, and has served continuously in that position. In 2001 he was extended Emeritus status and his appointment was designated for his lifetime.
He is a recipient of the state's Order of the Palmetto, presented by Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.; the National Distinguished Service Award presented by the Association of United States Army; and the 1987 Municipal Association of South Carolina's Distinguished Service Award.
He has served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Charleston School of Law since July, 2007 and in 2013 he was conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
He is active in numerous civic and professional activities and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and Vice Chair of its Defender Policy Group; Executive Committee of the American Council of Chief Defenders and member of the SC Bar Criminal Law Section Council; past chairman of the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program, a non-profit placement agency for disturbed and displaced youth; Chairman of the City of Columbia Government Restructure Study Commission; and a member of the South Carolina Veterans Memorial Park Commission.
Mr. Adams is married to Jacquelyn Hackett Culbertson, a native of Darlington and a Columbia interior decorator; and they have three grown sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and four very active grandsons. They maintain a home on Edisto Island where on weekends they can often be found fishing, shelling, or just plain relaxing.