Dr. Michael F. Adams was named chancellor and distinguished university professor at Pepperdine University on August 1, 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in political communications from Ohio State University. Adams served as vice president for university affairs at Pepperdine from 1982-1989. From 1989-1999 Adams was president of Centre College in Kentucky, and for the past 16 years he has been president of the University of Georgia, a major flagship land-grant institution. Adams began his academic career as an assistant professor at Ohio State, which he interrupted for a stint in politics. For five years he was chief of staff for U.S. Senator Howard Baker and for two years a senior advisor to then-Tennessee Governor and now U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. Nationally, he has headed the American Council on Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, and the NCAA.