LPU Press Room | February 27, 2019

SAN DIMAS, Calif. – Life Pacific College President, Dr. Jim J. Adams (’77) announced Friday he will retire on December 31, 2019. 

Adams formally announced his coming retirement in a meeting with the board of trustees, staff and faculty on February 22 citing 14 years tenure length (7 as president) and his desire to see the next president take the soon-to-be University into its best season. He and his wife Lori, who both will retire, look forward to volunteer ministry, teaching, consulting, and spending more time with family.  

He said in the statement. "I am grateful for this God-given opportunity to serve my Alma Mater for a third of my adult life. The journey toward stable accreditation, university status, great academic programs, increased financial strength, and NAIA athletics has been a joy. However, the even greater joy is the opportunity to work with a remarkable team of leaders, faculty, staff, trustees, and students toward a rich and glorious future for our beloved Life Pacific." 

This announcement was made a day following an extremely positive meeting before the WSCUC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) commission panel as part of LPC’s reaffirmation of accreditation cycle. The meeting provided a strong sense that the future of Life Pacific is secure. More details will be forthcoming when the official commission letter is received in early March. 

Adams has effectively led the campus through the challenges of low enrollment and WSCUC probation when he assumed the role of president, leading a successful response that saw the removal of probation in 2015, the addition of new programs, the stabilization of finances, the relaunch of intercollegiate athletics, increased enrollment of nearly 30% in the residential program, and a strategic move to University status this July 2019. The college has thrived under his leadership.  

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Practical Theology from Life Pacific College, a Master of Arts in Social Science: Leadership Studies from Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California. 

The next ten months will be dedicated to a formal search process of a new president and working with the new president to ensure a smooth transition as Life Pacific College becomes Life Pacific University. The Life Pacific Board of Trustees will announce the selection process for a new president in the coming weeks. Please join Life Pacific in prayer for God’s continued blessing and direction as the institution moves forward.