UK names dean of College of Social Work

A University of Alabama administrator has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Social Work.

James P. "Ike" Adams Jr., now dean of Alabama's school of social work, is to start work in Kentucky in July 2009, according to a UK press release.

"The prospect of working at a flagship university with a well-defined business plan, coupled with a college of social work with highly competent faculty, made the offer very attractive," Adams said in a statement.

Adams will succeed Kay Hoffman, who served as dean and the Dorothy A. Miller Professor in Social Work Education since 1998.

Adams holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss., a master's degree in social work research from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a doctorate in social work policy, planning and administration from University of Minnesota.