UofL’s chief administrative officer leaving for University of Cincinnati

David Adams

Five months after being named the University of Louisville’s interim chief administrative officer by then-interim President Neville Pinto, David Adams is following Pinto to the University of Cincinnati that he now leads. At UC, Adams will serve as chief innovation officer and CEO of the University of Cincinnati Research Institute.

Since 2015, Adams also has served as CEO of the UofL Foundation’s Institute for Product Realization, a company that connects businesses with the research and innovations created at Speed School of Engineering.

Following the exit of former UofL Chief Financial Officer Harlan Sands in January, Pinto created the position of chief administrative officer for Adams, who provided management and oversight of the administrative and financial functions of the university through this transition in leadership, as the interim CFO and COO reported to him. The chief administrative officer position will no longer exist following Adams’ departure.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to working with the university and our community partners to advance the innovation and entrepreneurism discussion,” stated Adams in a UC press release announcing his hiring, which is effective July 17. “Innovation has never been more critical to an organization — from early stage and Fortune 500 businesses to non-profits. With its many resources as a major research university, UC is uniquely positioned to enable innovation with these organizations and the value creation can be significant for all involved.”

In a statement to IL, interim UofL President Greg Postel thanked Adams for his work and said the university would continue to seek partnerships with industry.

“We appreciate the work that David Adams has done running our Institute for Product Realization and, more recently, serving as our interim chief administrative officer,” said Postel. “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. In the future, the University of Louisville will continue to pursue industry partnerships. We believe that they play an integral role in growing both the university and the community.”