Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Senior Professor
Dr. Frank B. Ashley III is the senior associate dean for Academic Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He came to the Bush School from the College Board, where he was senior vice president of Membership and Higher Education Engagement. The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.
As senior associate dean, Ashley oversees graduate education and research activities as well as strategic planning, faculty affairs, student affairs, program development, diversity, assessment, communications and external relations, student services, and extended education programs in the Bush School.
Ashley earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana College and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Alabama. He began his academic career as a science teacher and coach. His previous appointments include faculty positions and service as dean of the College of Education and interim provost-vice president for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-Commerce as well as director of Admissions and associate dean for Undergraduate Studies and Teacher Education at Texas A&M University’s College of Education.
From 2007 to 2010, Ashley served as vice chancellor for Academic Affairs for The Texas A&M University System, where he served as chief academic officer for the System, and represented the System at the state level on all academic issues. In 2010, he was named vice chancellor for Recruitment and Diversity and chief of staff. In this position, he collected and analyzed System data on diversity and assisted System universities and agencies in recruiting and retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff.
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 the editorial board of both the Journal of Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics and the International Journal of Sports Management.