Afesa Adams received a B.A. in Psychology from Weber State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Utah. She has held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Florida, The University of Utah, and the University of North Florida. Currently she is Senior Research Associate for the Florida Institute of Education and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of North Florida.
Here at the U of U, Dr. Adams is known as an inspirational educator and leader. She helped pioneer the transition of Home Economics to the contemporary Family and Consumer Studies Department. As Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, she initiated the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Days of Remembrance activities. She was at the forefront in establishing the Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) consortium whose purpose is to increase the number of under-represented women and minorities in those fields. She is active in community affairs and holds leadership positions on the governing boards of many nonprofit organizations.