Rowan College at Gloucester County

RCGC Gala to Honor Gloucester County Military Hero: Sergeant Major James T. Adams Jr.

College Relations, Communications, and Marketing
Deptford Twp.
PR 071
Date: 4/18/2016

Deptford Twp. – Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) will celebrate its annual Gala on Saturday, April 23, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Auletto Caterers in Deptford. The College’s Foundation Gala will recognize Sergeant Major James T. Adams Jr. as RCGC’s Person of the Year.

Sergeant Major Adams has dedicated his life to serving both his country and his community. Since enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1987, he has served in-country and abroad, been assigned to nine U.S. Embassies and provided support for the 1993 Presidential Summit with President Bill Clinton and Mr. Boris Yeltsin from the Commonwealth of the Republic of Russia. Sergeant Major Adams currently serves as the Reserve Affairs Sergeant Major for the United States Marine Corps Headquarters. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

Sergeant Major Adams has strong ties to Rowan College at Gloucester County and the surrounding community. A native of Deptford Township, he obtained his associate degree in Police Science from Gloucester County College (now RCGC) and a bachelor’s degree in Law & Justice from Rowan University. He served for 25 years with the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections, Woodbury, N.J. and culminated his law enforcement career as an instructor at the Gloucester County Police Academy before his retirement with full honors in 2013.

This year’s affair marks another year of promoting student achievement through scholarships for in-need and deserving students. Since its inception, the Gala has generated more than $540,000 for student scholarships by bringing together area business leaders, dignitaries, college alumni, faculty, students and staff to financially assist RCGC scholars.

The gala is the Foundation’s primary fundraising event and promises to be an enjoyable evening of dining, dancing and entertainment with friends and colleagues – all to support student scholarships. Attendees will enjoy a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, in addition to a sit down dinner, dancing and a selection of raffle items. The public is encouraged to come out and enjoy an evening of fine dining, entertainment and camaraderie, while supporting a good cause and taking time to honor a great man.

Tickets are $125 a person. For ticket information, call 856-681-6202 or email

The Rowan College Foundation was formed in 1969 to serve as a link between the college and community. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided millions of dollars for scholarships, as well as funded major grants for campus improvements.

Rowan College at Gloucester County’s 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 or Route 55.