Dr. Holly Ayers was appointed the college’s new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on November 16, 2015. 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.
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.
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.