CLEMSON — Beverly Rice McAdams, most recently vice president for diversity & inclusion and Title IX administrator at Anderson (S.C.) University, has been named interim director of Clemson’s Office of Community and Ethical Standards (OCES). McAdams brings extensive experience in several areas of higher education administration to the position.
“I am pleased to announce Beverly as the newest member of our team,” said Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students L. Christopher Miller. “Her impeccable service record in the student affairs profession stood out during the search process, and we welcome Beverly and her family to Clemson.”
McAdams began her career at Tri-County Technical College as its director of counseling before moving to Anderson. Following two years as director of freshman programs and community service, she joined the university’s Student Development office. She was promoted from dean to associate vice president in 2006, a position she held until 2013. During that time, she was responsible for oversight of student housing, programs, activities, clubs and organizations.
She spent three years as vice president overseeing Presidential Affairs, managing the day-to-day duties as chief of staff and overseeing the university’s strategic planning process. She served as a member of the senior leadership team and was the lead advisor to the president. Most recently, McAdams served as Anderson’s vice president for diversity & inclusion, and as Title IX administrator. She was responsible for overseeing the school’s diversity task force and ensuring all divisions and departments operated in compliance with Title IX regulations.
“It feels like I’ve come home, because my family and I love Clemson,” McAdams said. “All of my experiences have culminated in me being prepared for this position. I was a first-generation college student who understands the value of support and encouragement. Being able to help students be successful is one of the primary reasons I wanted to work in student affairs. In the Office of Community and Ethical Standards, we want to help students learn and grow, so they are productive members of society, make a difference and represent Clemson well.”
McAdams has earned multiple honors throughout her career. She was the recipient of the Anderson University President’s Award in 2005 and Student Development’s Division Star Award a year later. In 2011, she was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to the South Carolina Board of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. She was inducted into the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International — which promotes the professional and personal growth of women educators — in 2014.
McAdams, an Upstate South Carolina, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Erskine College and owns two degrees from Clemson. She earned a master’s degree of education in counseling in 1995 and a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership in 2000. The daughter of Charlie and Minnie Rice, she and her husband James have three children: Austin, India and John.
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