Jerry B. Adams

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Jerry Adams

Arkansas Research Alliance


Jerry Adams is the President/CEO of the Arkansas Research Alliance.  An economic development non-profit modeled on the very successful Georgia Research Alliance.  Its primary focus is to leverage university-based job-creating research in Arkansas.  The ARA Board of Trustees consists of the five chancellors of the Arkansas research universities and fifteen Arkansas based CEOs. (

Jerry retired from Acxiom Corporation in October, 2007 after 34 years serving a variety of senior leadership roles.

Jerry served as the chair of Accelerate Arkansas, a statewide volunteer group of leaders focused on building a knowledge-based economy in Arkansas.  He continues to serve on Accelerate Arkansas’ executive committee.  Jerry also served as chair of the EAST Initiative, a secondary school technology based project learning initiative active in over 200 schools in Arkansas and six other states.  Jerry also serves on the Southern Technology Council, a council of the Southern Growth Policies Board.

Jerry is involved with education reform having served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Higher Education.  He is currently serving on the Board of Visitors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, past board member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Arkansas’ Walton School of Business, the University of Central Arkansas Advisory Board for the College of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the University of Central Arkansas Regional Advisory Board for the College of Fine Arts & Communication.

Jerry was a founding member of the STEM Coalition and serves on their executive committee.  Jerry also serves on the Board of the Arkansas Initiative for Math & Science (AAIMS) focused on advanced placement of math and science in Arkansas high schools.  Jerry also chairs the board of BioVentures, the incubator at UAMS.

Jerry also serves on the Board of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.  Jerry is the founding board chair for the Conway Interfaith Clinic, a clinic focused on providing medical and dental services to segments of the community who are underserved.

Jerry was the founding board chair for the Faulkner County Community Foundation and served as chair of the state board of the Arkansas Community Foundation.  Jerry also serves as the vice-chair of the Conway Development Corporation, Conway’s economic development organization.  Jerry also serves on the Board of Directors of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

Jerry is married with two grown sons and four grandchildren.  Jerry and his wife, Madelyn, reside in Conway, Arkansas.

Updated – Nov 2013