Adam Dickson is a human relations professional who takes pride in being called a servant leader. For more than 20 years, Adam has participated in efforts that developed or strengthened the concept of community development. Adam’s professional background is in the areas of nonprofit program development, higher education, and civic engagement.
Adam was the Regional Community Development Coordinator at Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU), a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) covering eastern KY, southwestern VA, and northeastern TN. In this role Adam managed relationships between the Credit Union and nonprofit organizations, foundations, industry partners, and other strategic partners.
Adam currently serves as Director of the Langston Centre, a multicultural facility focused on arts, education, and community leadership. The facility fulfills three roles. First, it is a history museum for the alumni of Langston High School, Johnson City, Tennessee’s school for black students during segregation. Second, the Langston Centre is an educational enrichment facility targeting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education. Third, the facility is a “community laboratory” to discuss and test ideas that promote community-building.
Adam is an Adjunct Instructor of Political Science at East TN State University. For 15 years he has taught the course “Black American Political Thought” which examines black political ideology and the role of race in American political development. Adam currently serves as Vice-Mayor on Jonesborough’s Town Board of Mayor and Aldermen and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Carson-Newman University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from East TN State University.