Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles L. Welch today announced the selection of Dr. Sandra Massey as the second Chancellor of ASU-Newport.
Massey has served as vice chancellor for academic affairs at ASU-Newport since 2011 and will succeed Dr. Larry Williams, who retired as chancellor in August. The appointment follows a three-month search process that attracted 46 applications for the position. She will begin her duties immediately. “We had a strong group of quality candidates, and Dr. Massey stood out because of her leadership experience in higher education,” Welch said. “The fact that she’s already well acquainted with the ASU-Newport campuses and has proven herself among all of our constituencies was an added bonus. I’m confident she and her team will build on the tremendous growth of ASU-Newport.” In her current role at Newport, Massey serves as chief academic officer, Higher Learning Commission liaison officer, and a member of the ASU-Newport Chancellor’s Executive Council. Her accomplishments include implementing a shared leadership model within academic affairs; championing a faculty-led proposal to become a Quality Matters (QM) college and have all online courses meet selected quality criteria by 2014; and expanding short course offerings to increase student options. Previously she was an administrator at Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus, serving as provost from 2005-2010 and a dean of student services from 2003-2005. Her work included providing leadership for a partnership between the college and the Tulsa Fire Department for a $30 million training facility; providing vision and leadership to create the college’s air traffic control program; and creating a concept for a Center of Excellence in Energy Innovation that received funding through the U.S. Department of Commerce and recognition as Oklahoma’s Center for Excellence in Energy. “I’m honored to be entrusted with this responsibility, and I look forward to working under the visionary leadership of our ASU System president,” Massey said. “We have a wonderful team on all three ASUNewport campuses. We will continue to educate students who can improve their lives while helping our region’s businesses and industries grow.” Massey, a native of Jonesboro, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Arkansas State University. She received her doctor of education degree in occupational and adult education from Oklahoma State University. She is a member of t he American Association of University Women, the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium board of directors, the Newport Economic Development Commission, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newport board of directors, the Rotary Club of Newport, and the Newport Chamber of Commerce. ASU-Newport is one of Arkansas’ leading community colleges and serves 2,079 students on campuses in Newport, Marked Tree, and Jonesboro. The ASU System serves more than 22,000 students throughout Arkansas and also includes Arkansas State University, a four-year research institution in Jonesboro; ASU-Beebe, with additional campuses in Heber Springs and Searcy; ASU-Mountain Home; and instructional sites in Paragould and at the Little RockAir Force Base.