A&M System Vice Chancellor LeavingFeatured Stories, News Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
A top administrator of the A&M System is leaving for a job in the private sector.
Frank Ashley has joined the College Board, which is the parent company of the Advanced Placement student program and the SAT and PSAT tests among other education products.
Ashley was the system’s Vice-Chancellor of Recruitment and Diversity and before that Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
He also held administrative posts at the flagship school and the system’s campus northeast of Dallas in Commerce.
The announcement was made by the College Board.
The A&M system has not released what will become of the Vice-Chancellor’s post when Ashley leaves in a month.
News release from the College Board:
NEW YORK – The College Board today announced that beginning May 1, Dr. Frank B. Ashley III will join the organization as its senior vice president of membership and higher education engagement. Ashley, whose extensive experience in education spans more than 30 years across both K-12 and higher education, most recently served as the Texas A&M University System’s vice chancellor of recruitment and diversity.
“Frank is the personification of the American dream –that through hard work and persistence, excellence and opportunity can be achieved,” said College Board President David Coleman. “There is no better person to lead our efforts and make that dream real for students nationwide. Frank’s appointment substantially deepens our partnership with higher education and our ability to work across boundaries to help far more students complete college successfully.”
Ashley’s background has played an instrumental role in his commitment to expanding access and equity in education for all students. Ashley, who was raised by his mother, was not interested in higher education until his high school English teacher told him he had the ability to be successful in college. He enrolled at Louisiana College during the second year of integration and went on to become the first college graduate in his family.
After graduating from Louisiana College and earning a master’s degree from the University of Alabama, Ashley began his career as a general science teacher and coach. Ashley — who also earned a doctorate in education, health, recreation and physical education from the University of Alabama — transitioned into higher education, serving in a range of positions at Texas A&M University, including director of admissions and dean of the College of Education and Human Services System. Ashley then moved to the Texas A&M University System, where he served more than 100,000 students and 11 universities each year as vice chancellor of academic affairs and most recently as vice chancellor of recruitment and diversity.
In his role with the College Board, Ashley will engage and mobilize the College Board’s 6,000- plus member organizations — and those they represent — to improve student outcomes. He will play an integral role in advancing the College Board’s mission of delivering rigorous course work through programs such as Advanced Placement®, expanding access to this rigorous work, measuring rigor through assessments such as the PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT®, and attaining rigor through increased efforts in the higher education space.
“I agree with President Coleman that the College Board’s top priority must be to deliver opportunity,” Ashley said. “We aim to fully engage higher education as well as our other members in this endeavor.”
A former College Board Trustee, Ashley also has served on boards and committees for numerous other organizations, including the North American Society for Sport Management, the Commerce Independent School District, and the Development Education Subcommittee of the P–16 Education Council of the Texas Education Agency. He was also a member of both the Journal of Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics and the International Journal of Sports Management’s editorial boards. Ashley’s writing has been published in various academic journals and textbooks.
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