Clinton Parks and Recreation Director Tapped to Lead Baptist Healthplex
Adam Wade, director of parks and recreation for the city of Clinton, has been named executive director of the Baptist Healthplex at Mississippi College. His appointment will be effective Monday, July 18.
Wade succeeds Theodore Clyatt, who served as executive director of the Healthplex from 2016-22. Clyatt had spent 21 years at the facility, including 13 as a fitness specialist and two as fitness director. He now serves as executive director of a sister facility, the Madison Healthplex Performance Training Center.
Dr. Blake Thompson, MC president, said Wade’s impeccable credentials and great relationship with the local community made him the ideal candidate to lead the foremost provider of health and fitness in Clinton.
“We are extremely pleased that Adam has agreed to oversee this first-class health facility,” Thompson said. “His dedication and service to the citizens of Clinton have been outstanding, and his leadership of the parks and recreation department has been remarkable.
“The credibility and knowledge Adam brings to his new role are critical to the continued success of the Healthplex.”
Wade will be responsible for managing the daily operations and programs of the Healthplex, including overseeing its staff. The three-story health complex opened in 1997 on the southeastern portion of MC’s main campus. A partnership between MC and Mississippi Baptist Health Systems, Inc., the Healthplex provides family friendly services and fitness programs to a diverse population.
Laura Jackson, MC’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, said Wade will report directly to the Healthplex oversight board, comprised of representatives from MC and Baptist Health Systems.
“The relationships that he has built with the residents of Clinton will certainly be an asset in his new role,” Jackson said. “The current staff of the Healthplex is seasoned, so the transition to a new leader should be seamless for the members.
“We hope that all of the members, and those who are considering membership, will stop by and welcome Adam to the Healthplex family.”
The premier fitness center also provides health services for MC faculty, staff, and students. It contains a state-of-the-art medical simulation center and houses a walking and running track, aerobics studios, racquetball courts, a swimming and therapy pool, a dry sauna, a game room, volleyball courts, locker rooms, and a snack bar.
After earning his Bachelor of Science in sports turf management from Mississippi State University, Wade worked for the City of Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department and the Country Club of Jackson.
He joined the Clinton Parks and Recreation Department in 2013 as athletic field superintendent and quickly rose through the ranks. In 2015, he was promoted to assistant director of maintenance and athletics, and in July 2017, Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher and the city’s Board of Aldermen appointed Wade to the director’s position.
He and his wife, Rebecca, are residents of Clinton.