David J. Adams

 Headshot of David J. Adams

Chief Innovation Officer/UCRI CEO
Office of Innovation
1819 Innovation Hub, Suite 460



David is the University of Cincinnati’s Chief Innovation Officer, a newly-created position in the President’s Cabinet, and Chief Executive Officer of the 1819 Innovation Hub. As CIO, he leads the Office of Innovation in the strategy, planning, and execution of the university’s innovation agenda and the programming and development of Cincinnati’s innovation district. This includes the 1819 Innovation Hub and the recently announced Digital Futures Complex. Before joining UC, he was the Chief Administrative Officer and CEO of the Institute for Product Realization at the University of Louisville.

As CAO, he oversaw the $1.2B financial and operational aspects of the university, implemented financial reporting and operational efficiencies, and developed the emerging innovation ecosystem. Prior to his work in academia, David was recruited by Governor Mitch Daniels to lead the operational improvement and merger of Indiana’s $30B pension systems. During his tenure, David turned a problematic public pension system into a world class operation. He was also a founding member of the executive team that grew i2 Technologies from $4M to $1.1B in 7 years, becoming a NASDAQ 50 company in the process. David has held senior management positions in North and South America, and leading sales and consulting roles Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has a breadth of experience that is a great asset to UC and the region as a whole.