The Lyman Ward Military Academy - Sentinel
May 1985

DR.RALPH W. ADAMS '33

DR.RALPH W. ADAMS '33
PRESIDENT, TROY STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEMS

     University President, Lawyer, Judge, Major General -a brief summation of the professional career of one of LWMA's most outstanding graduates.

     He was born in 1915 in Samson, Alabama to the late Alfred E. Adams and Eunice Moore Adams. After completing his high school education at "The Southern", (SII, now LWMA), Dr. Adams continued his studies at several colleges and universities. He earned his A.B. at Birmingham-Southern College, LL.B., LL.D., J.D. at the University of Alabama, did postgraduate study at the University of Colorado and George Washington University. He is a graduate of Harvard University Institute for Educational Management and attended summer school at Jesus College, Oxford University, England.

     He married Dorothy Kelly in 1942 and they have two sons, Ralph and Samuel, and one daughter, Kelly (Mrs. James B. Allen, Jr.).

     Dr. Adams has had two separate and very distinguished careers. First, as an Air Force lawyer (after leaving the Air Force he remained in the Air Force Reserve and entered the Alabama Air National Guard, from which he retired in 1975 as a Major General), and for the past twenty-one years, he has been President at Troy State University. During that period, he has seen the school's enrollment increase from 2,000 students to a 12,000 student international university system with branches on military bases in several states and Europe. Dr. Adams is well known for his conservative views and his ability to attract nationally known people to his faculty.

     He has held numerous positions at both the state and national level. He was appointed by President Ford to serve on the Presidential Clemency Board, has served as Chairman, State Personnel Board of Alabama, President, Alabama Association of College and University Presidents, member of the Governor's Comrl1ittee on Reorganization of State Government.

     He is current Chairman, Council of Presidents, Alabama Commission on Higher Education, and is on the Board of several banks and organizations. He is Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Lyman Ward Military Academy.

     Dr. Adams has been the recipient of many honors. Among these are, Man of the Year, Troy, Alabama 1968 and 1975; the Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America; Alabama Academy of Honor 1977; Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award 1982. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in American Law.

     When asked to reflect on his life as a student at "The Southern", Dr. Adams made the following comments. "For any little success that I may have achieved in life, I give credit to the values learned at my alma mater because of Dr. Lyman Ward and Dr. Fisher, who were both Universalist preachers from New York. I learned self-reliance and the importance of integrity from Dr. Ward in addition to developing a great interest in scholarly endeavors. From the courses in math and geometry taught by Dr. Fisher, I learned logic and how to reason. I have never forgotten the quotation in Dr. Ward's office -'Blessed is the man who has found his work, for there is no greater blessing'."


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