Phillip Adams

Phillip D. Adams serves as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA) for Xavier University of Louisiana. As Vice President, he provides leadership of the University’s fundraising and development division and is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive institutional advancement initiatives. Presently, Adams is providing staff leadership for Xavier’s $500 million Centennial Campaign.  

Adams previously served as the Vice President for University Advancement at Savannah State University (SSU) in Georgia. Also, he acted as the Executive Director of the SSU Foundation and as the Director of Government Relations. He has served successfully at three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as Vice President for Institutional Advancement, exceeding previous records in gifts.  

Adams has over 30 years of experience as a fundraiser and campaign director. Previously, Adams’ appointments included positions at Norfolk State University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Saint Louis University, and United Way of Saint Louis.  

Adams is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He received a Master of Science degree from Golden Gate University and his undergraduate degree from Saint Leo University.