COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – Dean Mark Welsh has announced that Dr. Frank Ashley has been selected as one of four outstanding educators to be inducted into the University of Alabama’s College of Education Hall of Fame in 2021. The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the College’s Board of Advisors, and inductees are chosen because of their contributions to the education profession.
Each year, up to four educators or education supporters may be inducted into the Hall of Fame. All inductees are graduates of the University’s College of Education or are a current faculty member. They are selected because of their outstanding contributions to the field of education.
“The Bush School faculty and staff are pleased that Dr. Ashley’s extensive and productive service to higher education has been recognized by his alma mater,” said Dean Welsh. “We all appreciate his many contributions to the Bush School and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”
Dr. Ashley is the Bush School’s Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, where he oversees graduate education and research activities. Prior to joining the Bush School, he was Senior Vice President of Membership and Higher Education Engagement at the College Board.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana College, Dr. Ashley obtained a master’s and doctorate from the University of Alabama, and began his academic career as a science teacher and coach. He has held numerous appointments with the Texas A&M University System, including Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the System and Vice Chancellor for Recruitment and Diversity. Other prior positions include Dean of the College of Education and Interim Provost-Vice President at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Associate Dean and Director of Admissions in Texas A&M’s College of Education, and Director of Admissions and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Teacher Education in Texas A&M University’s College of Education.
An active community volunteer, Dr. Ashley also has served on boards and committees for numerous organizations, including the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, CHI St. Joseph Health, 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.
“It is an honor to be recognized by my alma mater and their College of Education. I am truly humbled by the nomination, and my family and I look forward to my induction into the Hall of Fame,” said Dr. Ashley.