Frank Adams Joins Cox Family Enterprise Center Faculty

A. Frank Adams‚ III has become a faculty associate of the Cox Family Enterprise Center at the…

Georgia (Oct 27, 2003) — Frank Adams Joins Cox Family Enterprise Center Faculty

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Kennesaw‚ GA – A. Frank Adams‚ III has become a faculty associate of the Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.

“Frank Adams brings a wealth of academic and professional experience to our Cox Family Enterprise Center‚” says Coles College Dean Tim Mescon. “As a former senior executive in a family business‚ Dr. Adams understands the unique issues and challenges confronted in closely−held enterprises.”

Adams‚ a financial economist‚ teaches economics and finance in KSU’s Executive MBA Programs. He was recognized as the Coles College Outstanding Scholar for the academic year 2001/2002. For the past two years the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)‚ has recognized Adams for his teaching accomplishments in its Forensic Institute Program by naming him an “Instructor of Exceptional Distinction.”

“In his role as an associate of the Cox Family Enterprise Center‚ Adams is integrally involved in all programs and will lead the Center's cutting edge research program on Family Business Cost of Capital‚” says Center Director Joe Astrachan.

Adams says that the fact that the faculty involved with the Cox Family Enterprise Center are nationally and internationally recognized scholars makes this an exceptional honor.

“My background in family business‚ and academic training in economics and finance‚ lend themselves well to broadening the resources available to Center members‚” Adams says. “There are a number of research projects‚ primarily in family business finance‚ that the director‚ Joe Astrachan‚ and I are working on that we hope will benefit family businesses and stimulate further research in this important area‚” he adds.

Adams earned his Ph.D. in Economics with a field of specialization in Finance from Auburn University. He has an MBA from Berry College and a BS in Business Administration from Shorter College.

His has a distinguished research career. His articles have appeared in The Review of Industrial Organization‚ Contemporary Economic Policy‚ The Journal of Labor Research‚ Atlantic Economic Journal‚ Southern Economic Journal‚ Journal of Forensic Economics and the Family Business Review. Although not a practicing financial adviser‚ Adams holds the NASD series 6 and 65 licenses.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 17‚500 from 123 countries. The fourth largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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