SJR State welcomes new dean of criminal justice and public safety

Tim Adams
Timothy Adams

St. Johns River State College (SJR State) welcomes Timothy Adams as the new Dean of Criminal Justice and Public Safety of the Criminal Justice Academy located at the St. Augustine campus.

Adams brings an impressive and extensive criminal justice background to SJR State, including more than 21 years as an FBI special agent. In addition to investigative assignments in the FBI’s violent crime, white collar crime and national security programs, he was an FBI legal advisor for more than 17 years, which included positions as the associate division counsel and chief division counsel for the FBI Jacksonville Field Office. Before entering on duty with the FBI, Adams was an assistant district attorney in Pennsylvania. Adams most recently served as an investigator in the special prosecution division at the State Attorney’s Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit.

Adams has also served as an adjunct instructor at SJR State. “I have always been impressed with the level of instruction and training, as well as the overall commitment to the students,” Adams said. “Since being in this position for a few weeks, I have been able to see up close the exemplary work of the entire staff. The dedication and commitment to the mission of the Academy and College by the criminal justice staff is second to none.”

Adams received numerous commendations from the FBI throughout his career. He was also the recipient of awards from the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida; the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida; and the Florida Crown Chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

Prior to working as an SJR State adjunct instructor, Adams taught as an FBI certified general police and legal instructor. Reflecting on his role at SJR State, Adams said, “I am fortunate to be part of a staff whose members have all had distinguished and accomplished law enforcement careers, which enables them to share lessons from decades of experience in the instructional setting. Their passion for what they do, as well as their focus on being a resource to students, basic recruits, current law enforcement officers, the community and the agencies we serve, is remarkable.”

Adams holds a Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) from Widener University Delaware Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He succeeds Academy Dean Jeffrey Lee who served four years before retiring.

“The Academy has a long history of successfully preparing students for the law enforcement profession and contributing to the continued professional development of current law enforcement officers through advanced and specialized training,” Adams said. “I hope to help in continuing the great successes achieved under Dean Jeff Lee’s leadership in all of the Criminal Justice programs at the Academy and College.”

SJR State’s Criminal Justice programs include the Florida Law Enforcement Academy, Florida Corrections Officer Academy, and Criminal Justice Technology. Cadets receive job-related training for entry-level employment in their career field and are eligible to take the state certification exam upon completion of the corrections and law enforcement basic recruit programs.

For more information and program starting dates, contact SJR State’s Criminal Justice Academy at (904) 808-7490 or visit



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020