Associate VP for student affairs named
Vice President for Student Affairs Theresa A. Powell capped a nationwide search last week with the appointment of Ainsley Carry as associate vice president for student affairs/dean of students.
Carry, who will join the University on Sept. 27, comes to Temple from the University of Arkansas, where he has served as associate dean of students since 2001. He replaces Jim Fitzsimmons, who left Temple earlier this year after 15 years of service.
“Dr. Carry is a trained student affairs professional,” Powell said. “He distinguished himself from the other candidates because of his background, enthusiasm for the position and energy. We have a shared vision regarding the direction Student Affairs should take as we serve students. Ainsley comes with glowing recommendations from all who know him from previous assignments and all who interviewed him on our campus. We have gained a highly competent person for our administration, and I enthusiastically await his arrival.”
In his new position, Carry will supervise various departments within the Division of Student Affairs, including Student Activities, the Student Assistance Center, University Housing, Recreation Services, the Office of Student Publications and Greek Life.
He said Temple’s student makeup — a melting pot of ethnic, class and ideological diversity — attracted him to the University.
“Temple has a very special type of student culture that you won’t find at many other institutions,” Carry said. “Its reputation in higher education and its students have always been appealing. It is one of the most diverse campuses in the United States, with a very rich learning environment. I’m very fortunate to be offered this position in an environment where students of all shapes, sizes and colors are part of the community.”
Carry has highlighted a commitment to student learning and the nurturing of undergraduate leadership opportunities as twin priorities for the start of his tenure.
“I’ve always been a champion of Student Affairs being actively engaged in student learning,” Carry said. “We rightfully recognize the learning that occurs in a classroom on college campuses, but don’t always pay attention to learning opportunities outside the classroom. This is our charge in Student Affairs.
“I also value leadership development opportunities for students,” he continued. “It’s important to build structured leadership programs for students so they can develop qualities like integrity, honesty and loyalty and feel empowered to take further responsibilities both on campus and when they leave Temple.”
Before joining the University of Arkansas, Carry was the director of Multicultural Affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he also coordinated instruction programs for SMU’s Learning Enhancement Center. An active scholar and educator, he has been an adjunct faculty member since 2001 at the University of Arkansas and John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.
A committed professional, Carry has served as a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators since 1994 and currently presides as the national chair of NASPA’s Knowledge Community for Student Leadership Programs.
Carry received his bachelor’s of science in food and resource economics, his master’s of science in counselor education and his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Florida.
-By Ted Boscia