Murray State accounting alumnus reflects on time at University


MURRAY, Ky. — During those initial days before beginning his freshman year at Murray State University, Tim Adams, ’82, like many first-year students, was excited.


“I started Murray State as a 17-year-old kid fresh out of high school,” Adams said. “I was ready to go to college and meet new friends from all over the country. I was eager to learn and expand my horizons. Murray State gave me that opportunity and so much more.”


Since graduating from Murray State in 1982 as an accounting major, Adams has made a name for himself in the accounting world, influencing both the technology and healthcare spheres. Now, as chief financial officer for ObsEva, a Swiss-based pharmaceutical company specializing in reproductive health, Adams continues to look back on his time at Murray State with fondness.


“That chapter of my life was one of learning and growing in a positive direction,” Adams said.


Adams first decided to attend Murray State after an encounter with Bill Ferguson, the University’s head football coach from 1967–77. In the subsequent years, Adams formed close friendships with his teammates, classmates and, later, his fraternity brothers in Sigma Phi Epsilon. His mentor, Dr. Frank Julian, now retired, also helped guide Adams through his time at Murray State. It wasn’t always easy, but Adams persevered.


“I had great professors who were interested in teaching, helping and challenging students,” Adams said. “They pushed me hard and, soon, I began to realize I could do so much more.”


Today, as Adams continues to make strides in his career with a company working to save and change lives, he remains invested in his alma mater.


In spite of his busy schedule and the distance between his home in Boston and Murray State, Adams currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the MSU Foundation and was recognized as the Outstanding Accounting Alumnus in 2012. He also makes a point to return for major events, such as Homecoming, and does his part to support the University’s mission of affording opportunities for students of all backgrounds.


“Your college years are one of the best opportunities in your life to learn, make new friends and have fun,” Adams said. “I hope these students take full advantage of all the learning opportunities at Murray State. Some are in the classroom but many are all around campus. Study hard, work hard and have fun. Enjoy this chapter of your life and prepare for the next one.”


Recently, to ensure students have opportunities to achieve their full potential, Adams contributed a significant and generous donation to the University to create the Tim and Christine Adams Business Scholarship, for which students in all departments of the Bauernfeind College of Business are eligible to apply. In 2013, he contributed in his parents’ names to fund need-based scholarships for students pursuing degrees in accounting. Subsequently, the University named a facility in recognition of Adams’ parents: the Herbert and Virginia Adams Student Learning Center, located in the Business Building.


“Tim Adams is the epitome of student success here at Murray State University,” said Dr. Timothy Todd, dean of the Bauernfeind College of Business. “Tim and Christine’s generosity to the University, and specifically to the department of accounting, is very significant and will benefit students for decades to come.”

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