A South Boston, Virginia native, Dr. Betty H. Adams is the Executive Director of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC). The SVHEC advances the economic potential of southern Virginia by providing access to comprehensive, high-demand college degree and job training opportunities through unique partnerships and alliances. With an annual unduplicated headcount of more than 1400 students, the SVHEC currently serves students in 14 counties throughout the region.
With successful tenures within retail service, private college, regional state university, and community college settings, Dr. Adams has more than thirty years of experience developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating adult learner programs in private and public sectors.
Dr. Adams earned the Bachelor of Science degree from Radford University in 1981. She continued her academic pursuits in North Carolina earning a Master of Business Administration degree in 1988 from East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) and a Doctorate of Education degree in 2002 from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC).