Retiring Adams to remain 'Voice of the Redbirds'

2010-12-07T10:11:00Z 2010-12-08T19:23:53Z Retiring Adams to remain 'Voice of the Redbirds'By Michele Steinbacher |

NORMAL -- Though he's announcing his retirement as ISU student affairs vice president, Steve Adams says he'll remain the "Voice of the Redbirds" at ISU sporting events and a friend to the university.

Adams, who's had his current post for five years, has long been a fixture at the 20,000-student campus, working there 35 years.

"It just seems like the right time" for retirement, said Adams, 64. He attributes his retirement philosophy to former ABC news anchor Charlie Gibson's own signoff: "He said it's better to understay than to overstay," said Adams.

The Twin City native plans to spend free time relaxing with children and grandchildren and traveling with his wife, Sandi.

A national search for his replacement will begin immediately, said ISU President Al Bowman. Bowman's Cabinet includes three other vice presidents overseeing academics, finance and university development.

"We will miss his leadership tremendously, but I know I will continue to rely on his wisdom and advice," Bowman said.

The president credited Adams with handling multiple challenges within the Division of Student Affairs during his tenure, including planning for the new Student Fitness Center. But Bowman said Adams' most important legacy comes from his decade leading ISU's admissions office prior to the vice presidency.

Adams played a key role in helping develop an admissions policy that's resulted in the improved "quality of students the university attracts now," said Bowman.

Under Adams' leadership, his division's ventures included construction of the Student Fitness Center, set to open next month, and a plan to develop ISU's first public-private housing complex, which will be constructed where the Cardinal Court apartment complex is now. He also led renovations of ISU residence halls and dining centers.

He'll continue announcing men's football and basketball games, a decision athletic director Sheahon Zenger said he's thrilled about. He called Adams part of the thread of Redbird athletics.

Adams is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and studied counselor education at ISU. He was a senior fellow in the Educational Policy Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C.

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