ALUMNI “WALL OF HONOR” The West Liberty University Alumni Board of Directors instituted a project in 1990 to demonstrate to current students, visitors, and friends that the college has some very successful graduates. This project, known as the “Alumni Wall of Honor,” is a dramatic way to honor some of the college’s most distinguished alumni and display pride in the accomplishments of its graduates. The concept was suggested by then Associate Professor of Physics Robert W. Schramm, who is a 1958 graduate of the college and a 2002 Alumni Wall of Honor inductee. The Alumni Wall of Honor is housed in the south end of the Union known as the Alumni Lounge.
Jack AdamsInducted 2012
Adams was born in Washington, Pa. and is now a resident of McMurray, Pa. After graduating from West Liberty in 1963 with a B.S. degree in marketing, he began his career in business with Retail Credit Co. (Equifax). In 1967, Adams then embarked on a 30-year career with Exxon Company, USA, in marketing, real estate, and engineering.
Over the course of 23 years, he held several positions in Exxon’s marketing division, including leasing of retail properties, fuel sales and automotive products. In 1989, he moved to Exxon real estate and engineering and was responsible for Exxon real estate and fuel distribution in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Northern Delaware. Adams was also responsible for environmental issues and emergency response in these regions.
Retiring from Exxon in 1996, Adams became president of SJR’s Team Supreme, Inc., in Phoenixville/Valley Forge, Pa., which became a nationally recognized leader in Exxon convenience store marketing. After 13 years, he retired in 2009.
Among his list of accomplishments, Adams is a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Scottish Rite of Pittsburgh and Lodge 623, Washington, Pa.
Also a Vietnam War veteran, Adams proudly served for five years as sergeant and squad leader with the U.S. Army Reserves 630th Trans. Co., Washington, Pa. The company was one of five activated during the war and he spent 1968-1969, in Phu Bai, running convoys to Hue and the DMZ.
While at West Liberty, Adams was a founding brother of the Delta Omega chapter of Delta Sigma Pi International Business Fraternity. The organization originated sales of school flags, shirts, etc. and was so profitable it led the school in merchandise sales, which resulted in the sales effort moving to the bookstore.
Adams is a member of the Gary E. West College of Business Advisory Board, chairman of the alumni campaign for the Gary E. West College of Business, former board member of the WLU Alumni Association and current treasurer for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the WLU Alumni Association.