Greg Adams '74 Delivers Commencement Address
Published: 5-28-2013 3:05 pm
Nebraska State Senator Greg Adams delivered the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony held May 4. Adams represents the 24th District in the Nebraska State Legislature.
Adams graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1974, and a master's degree in education in 1975, both from Wayne State College.
He was elected to the legislature for the first time in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He was elected Speaker of the Legislature for the 2013-14 session. He served as chair of the legislature's Education Committee, served on the legislature's Revenue Committee, and the Committee on Committees from 2009 to 2012.
He began his teaching career in 1976 at York High School where he taught American government and politics until 2006. During his 30 years as an educator, Adams served as president of the Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies from 1980 to 1981, was a member of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation Curriculum Committee from 1992 to 1994, administered the Washington, D.C. Close Up Program since 1982, and served as the K-12 Social Studies department chair from 1982 to 2004.
His service in government began in 1986 with election to the York City Council. After 10 years as a councilman he was elected mayor of York, a post he held until 2006. He was appointed by the governor in 1997 and again in 2000 to the Nebraska Information Technology Commission.
Adams married Julie A. Epke on Oct. 8, 1992. He has three children: Heather Loveless, Shawn Levitt and Sarah Adams.