Todd Adams Named Dean of Students at Northwestern University


Thumbnail Todd Adams, senior associate dean in the Dean of Students office, will be leaving Duke this January to become assistant vice president and dean of students for Student Affairs at Northwestern University.

Todd arrived at Duke in 2000, and has served in multiple capacities during his 12 years; coordinating residential living groups; heading the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life; leading the Office of New Student and Family Program; and most recently overseeing the Office of Student Conduct. He has also served as an academic advisor and instructor in the Program in Education; served as an official university representative on student crises; served on the A-Team planning and implementation; appointed by the president as assistant university marshall; served as a co-convener of the Council on Graduate and Professional Student Affairs; lead communications efforts with incoming Duke students; directed the Summer Reading Program; lifted boxes, reached high shelves, helped old ladies across the street, and performed other duties as assigned.

"Todd has tremendous capacity and commitment to the work he does for the students at Duke. He has taken on so many roles with relish and developed the positive relationships necessary to be successful in each and every one," said Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek. "Over Todd's time at Duke, he has mentored thousands of students and has also been there for us whenever we needed him. Todd will be greatly missed, but I know you will join me in congratulating him as he takes on this incredible opportunity that awaits him at Northwestern. I am reminded of what  one colleague said when he heard this news about Todd's new position:  "Todd, you're now a Blue Devil (Duke) Husker (Nebraska Cornhuskers) Cat (Northwestern Wildcats)."  This may be a good description, but we all know that Todd has had and will continue to have a very special place in all of our hearts, wherever he might be."

In his new role at Northwestern, Todd will oversee Services for Students with Disabilities on the Evanston and Chicago campuses, Off-Campus Life, and Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. He will coordinate student emergency responses, medical withdrawals and reinstatement requests. In addition to his administrative functions, Adams will serve as a member of the Undergraduate Council and chair the Hazing Prevention Task Force and the Community Alcohol Coalition, which will be formed under his leadership. He will also be a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team.