Deacon Frank B Ashley III, Ed.D,
Dr. Ashley received his degrees from Louisiana College and The University of Alabama. Before assuming his current position as Senior Associate Dean of the Bush School at Texas A&M University he served as a Senior VP for the College Board Corporation in New York where he worked on initiatives to increase college participation for underprivileged students. In his 35+ years in education, Ashley has served in a variety of roles, including teacher, coach and administrator. During his tenure at TAMU, Ashley spoke to many K-12 students in the local and surrounding school districts at assemblies, banquets, and in classrooms, about the importance of education. Ashley also served as a faculty member, and administrator at Texas A&M University-Commerce. As the dean of the college of education he was once again very active in the surrounding school districts speaking to administrators, teachers, and students about the importance of education. Along with his work at the university, he served on the Commerce ISD School Board and in 2006 he received “The Citizen of the Year Award” and the following year Ashley received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Faculty Senate of Texas A&M University- Commerce. After three years in Commerce, Ashley returned to College Station as vice chancellor of academic affairs for the A&M System. Later as vice chancellor for diversity and recruitment, he advised the Chancellor and Regents on diversity issues within the System and worked on several initiatives to increase the diversity of students, faculty, staff and administrators throughout the A&M system.
Dr. Ashley has numerous publications and presentations and has been invited to present nationally and internationally, however what he enjoys most is speaking to K-12 students, teachers and parents. As a first generation college graduate he truly understands the importance of education and that is why he is invited to speak at school assemblies, commencements and as a motivation speaker for professional development workshops. Ashley is an Ordained Deacon serving at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, and has also served as a Chaplain for the Texas A&M Football team for several years. He and his wife Janice have two children, Frank IV and Elizabeth.