NEWPORT (Ark.) 11/23/2015 – Arkansas State University-Newport Chancellor Dr. Sandra Massey announced Monday the appointment of Dr. Holly Ayers as the college’s new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Ayers replaces Dr. Martha Shull, who had served the college as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs since January 2014.
Prior to her appointment as Vice Chancellor, Ayers served as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at ASU-Newport. As Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Ayers served as the Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Liaison and Chair of the Higher Learning Commission Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning.
“It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Ayers as our new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,” said Massey. “Her experience in academics is extensive and ideally suited for her in this role, and she was overwhelmingly recommended by ASUN’s search committee, student groups, Executive Cabinet and individuals who participated in forums and provided feedback on our search process. In her time at ASU-Newport, she has worked with and earned the respect of colleagues from every department on all three of our campus locations as she guides us through the reaccreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission.”
Before coming to ASU-Newport in May 2014, Ayers’ past professional experience included serving as the Vice President of Learning and Assessment Consultant at South Arkansas Community College, Division Chair for Math, Science and Education at Ozarka College, and Student Success Fellow at the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges. During her time as a two-year college administrator, Ayers has led various state, regional and local efforts resulting in both technical and transfer curriculum development and program accreditation. She also spearheaded a variety of program articulation agreements with four-year institutions in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee.
“I am honored and excited to begin working in this new role with the college and its partners to provide high quality educational opportunities that support a strong and competitive workforce for our region,” said Ayers. “Having been a part of the ASU-Newport team, I have had the unique opportunity to experience the innovative approaches we are using to support academic success and economic development. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the growth and new initiatives on the horizon at ASUN, and I am looking very forward to working with a phenomenal group of faculty, staff and administrators to better serve our students.”
As Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Ayers will plan, develop, manage and administer programs and strategies for enrollment management and academic affairs. She will coordinate with other ASUN leaders to continue to develop and implement strategic plans to recruit, retain and serve ASU-Newport’s vibrant and diverse student body. She will continue to serve as the Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Liaison and will serve as the college’s Chief Academic Officer.
Ayers earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Arkansas State University in 1998. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Exercise Science in 2002 and her Specialist in Community College Teaching in 2008, both from A-State. In 2014, she completed her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.