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Dr. Ainsley Carry Named New Head of Student Affairs

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Dr. Ainsley CarryDr. Ainsley Carry

Ainsley Carry, an administrator with two decades of experience in higher education, has been appointed vice provost of Student Affairs, effective Aug. 1.

“Dr. Carry brings a broad perspective to higher education leadership, having held positions at a range of public and private institutions,” Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett wrote in a memo to USC faculty and staff. “He was the first in his family to complete a bachelor’s degree, and his upbringing fostered his advocacy for personal development and student leadership.”

Carry comes to USC from Auburn University in Alabama, where he served as vice president for Student Affairs overseeing 15 units and more than 120 employees. In this capacity, he successfully rebuilt a division that had been substantially reorganized in 2004, and he established initiatives to advance student learning, retention and leadership development with the Office of the Provost, College of Human Sciences, College of Education and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. He also created the first university-wide convocation program and the approval of a new $72 million Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

Prior to joining Auburn, Carry was associate vice president and dean of students at Temple University in Philadelphia. There he designed and coordinated the strategic planning process for the Division of Student Affairs, as well as instituted a comprehensive program review process for all departments within the division. He also launched the Student Learning Collaborative, an interdisciplinary effort to enhance classroom-based learning through activities held outside of the classroom.

In addition to his duties as an administrator, Carry served as an assistant professor of higher education administration at Auburn and an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy at Temple. He has also taught at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; John Brown University in Arkansas; and Southern Methodist University.

He holds an EdD in higher education, an MS in counselor education and a BS in food and resource economics, all from the University of Florida. He also holds an MBA from Auburn.

For more information, see the Provost’s announcement.

14 Responses to Dr. Ainsley Carry Named New Head of Student Affairs

  1. Hayden Wheatley

    This is great. Looks like USC has found another talented, skilled, and accomplished leader to carry on the exceptional standards of the school. Best of luck to Dr. Carry.

  2. Doc

    Congratulations Ainsley on your new appointment. It was great meeting in the Study Tour. Perhaps with your vast experience Durban University of Technology could use your skills in advancing knowledge in the area of student affairs and services.

    Doc from South Africa.

  3. Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe

    Very proud for my friend, colleague (Ainsley)! I’m reminded of the many mentoring sessions we had “back in the day” and to see you continuously do well is nothing short of a Blessing and extremely encouraging. Best wishes to you and your family my friend! “His Blessings Always” (TB)

  4. Gregory Roberts

    Ainsley, congratuations and best wishes from your colleagues at ACPA. Continue to”make a difference in the lives of students”.
    Greg

  5. Heemanshu Bhagat

    It is about time a LeaderShape colleague heads SC. Congratulations Ainsley!
    HB

  6. Michael T. Beachem, IV

    Congratulations Ainsley on your new role at USC. Your roots are in the south, you gained solid experience in the east, and now you will take the west coast by storm. Best wishes!

  7. Guy Sims

    Congratulations Ainsley! Great things are on the horizon! USC and Carry…what a combo platter!

  8. Kel

    Congratulations, Dr. Carry. The Auburn Family will miss you, and USC will soon understand why.

    They have made an outstanding decision in bringing you on board.

  9. Harry Chambers Jr

    Well done Doc. Keep up the Good work. Harry AUPA
    P.S my son recently relocated to Anaheim California with Union Pacific.

  10. Wanda Persons Wickham

    Congratulations, and I look forward to your work as Head of Student Affairs.

  11. Dr. Michael Marion, Jr.

    Welcome to the Trojan Family!!!

  12. Bill Wood

    Congratulations to USC for choosing the best person for the job. I also wish congratulations to Dr. Ainsley for making it all possible.

  13. Michael Freeman

    Met you at the TSU interview; excited about this new role. You made the right decision; Congratulations and best wishes.

  14. Rich Raphael

    Very proud of my brother, my best friend, my role model, and my mentor. To see you continue to excell is a blessing. Congratulations big brother you made the right decision. Best wishes

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