Co-Founder, Provost, and President-Elect, College Unbound
Adam Bush is the co-founder, provost, and president-elect of College Unbound, a degree-completion college working both inside and outside carceral spaces of Rhode Island to ensure all adult learners are valued as scholar-practitioners and have access to a bachelor’s degree pathway. College Unbound reflects Bush’s professional commitment to improvisation, learning, collective action, and imagination.
He directed Imagining America's Publicly Active Graduate Education fellowship program from 2010–2012 and sat on Imagining America’s National Advisory Board from 2010–2019. He is a past member of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans and a member of the Steering Committee of the Great Colleges for the New Majority Network.
Bush earned his PhD from the University of Southern California’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. He received the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from AAC&U in 2011, and the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement from AASCU’s American Democracy Project in 2015.