May 10, 2010
10-091

Kate Elliot
Communications Specialist

New Bursar Returns Home

VALDOSTA -- After graduating from VSU with a finance degree in 1979, David Adams spent 30 years in Georgia's banking industry -- analyzing commercial credits in Albany, consulting small businesses in Warner Robins, administering loans in Atlanta, and finally lending real estate mortgages in Valdosta -- where he and his wife, Peggy, met in the second grade.

The Vice President for Bank of America retired from banking in July 2009 to indulge in his hobbies of gardening and collecting antique bottles; but by the first of the new year, the 53-year-old began to miss aiding people with financial decisions and future plans. He joined his alma mater March 1 as university bursar, charged with overseeing financial holdings and student accounts.

"The staff, faculty, and administration at Valdosta State have been fantastic. This is truly a family that works to serve the students and the community," Adams said. "While Valdosta State has grown tremendously since I graduated, the feel of kinship and dedication are still here and these attributes still define this university today. So, to return to where I started my adventure into adult life is a blessing. Now, I can utilize my experiences and help continue a heritage that will continue into the future for others."

Adams is focused on updating the Bursary's policies and procedures to increase efficiency and align with auditing standards. When he is not helping students with financing their educations, Adams enjoys spending time with his parents, who still live in town, and his three children: Bryan, 23; Stephen, 19, a freshman at VSU; and Parker, 18, a student at Valdosta High School. Peggy, who graduated from VSU with a nursing degree in 1980, works at Eye Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta.