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Pioneer Center founder named Emerging Leader

Emily Nickles, Page Editor

Executive Director of the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence Dr. Joshua Adams was recently selected as one of 10 academic advisors from across the nation to participate in the National Academic Advisor Association’s Emerging Leaders Program. 

Adams will be attending NACADA’s 39th annual national conference this week in Las Vegas to officially be recognized for his selection and to kick start the Emerging Leaders Program. Adams was encouraged by his colleagues to apply for the program. Now that he has successfully made it, he shared: “I am very excited about being a part of such a distinguished group of individuals. I can’t wait to learn from them throughout this experience and share what I have to offer the larger academic advising community.”

According to the NACADA website, the Emerging Leaders Program was started in 2007 to promote diversity in higher education and to provide leadership opportunities for members who come from  diverse environments. 

It is a two-year program where a chosen NACADA Emerging Leader and Mentor will work together to form personal and professional goals. The selected Emerging Leaders will also get a stipend of $1500 to help with travel expenses and fees attached to NACADA conferences. Making these events as accessible as possible encourages participation from leaders and allows them to continue learning and networking.

Adams elaborated on his formative goals thus far through email: “Overall, I hope to gain the skills and experience necessary to have an impact on a national level within the field of academic advising. This may be through specific elected leadership positions or through leadership experiences. Over the next two years my mentor and I will develop specific goals for me to work toward.”

Adams’ selection also helps TWU gain national acclimation for continued dedication to diversity and support from other organizations dedicated to higher education. It is clear that Adams is dedicated to learning and educational development. He said: “My personal philosophy of life is a love for learning and that learning can occur in any situation. I seek out opportunities to learn more about a subject and further my knowledge base.” With this philosophy, Adams has successfully coordinated the TWU Pioneer Center on all three campuses with a recent second physical space being opened in Houston.

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