Auburn selects Carry as Vice President for Student Affairs

AUBURN – After a national search, Auburn University President Jay Gogue has announced that Ainsley Carry has been named Vice President for Student Affairs. Carry comes to Auburn from Temple University, where he served as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Carry to the Auburn family as he brings with him a demonstrated passion for working with students and student programs as well as developing student leaders,” said Auburn University President Jay Gogue. “His tenure as an administrator at other Southeastern Conference institutions combined with his experience in the area of strategic planning will prove invaluable for leading Auburn’s division of student affairs.”

Carry, who will begin his new position June 15, has an extensive background in student affairs and is a strong advocate for student leadership and personal development.

At Temple, Carry provided leadership and supervision for 10 departments within the division of student affairs, including university housing, campus recreation, student activities, career development services, judicial affairs, orientation, leadership programs, student center and student media.

“The two things that impressed me most about Auburn are the highly engaged, involved student body, and top level leadership that is academically focused and committed,” Carry said. “There is obviously a real passion felt for the university here; even the Auburn Creed speaks to me, signifying as it does a very special place.”

Originally from the southeast, Carry considers himself a “product of the SEC,” having gained experience at the University of Florida and the University of Arkansas. “This is a homecoming for my family and me,” he said.

Carry holds a bachelor’s degree in food and resource economics, a master’s in counselor education and a doctorate in higher education administration, all from the University of Florida.  He will receive an executive master’s in business administration from Temple University in 2010. With 17 years experience as a college administrator, Carry has held positions at Southern Methodist University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Florida and Temple University.

As Auburn’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Carry will be responsible for the formulation, development, management and delivery of services and programs to enhance the academic, physical and social welfare for the entire university student population.  In addition, he will be charged with fostering student learning in all dimensions of student life and maintaining a strong commitment to a student-centered philosophy.

He will oversee the office of the dean of students, student government, student publications and media, career development services, campus recreation and sports, student organizations, greek life, international student life, judicial affairs, student residence life, student orientation and retention, the parents’ association, student community services,  the student recreation center, the university student center, auburn university medical clinic and the student leadership institute.

In addition to his experience as an administrator, Carry has also served as a leadership educator, consultant and strategic planner. He has often given the keynote address at student leadership conferences and has consulted with colleges and universities on strategies for building leadership programs and strategic plans. He has served as a lead facilitator for the NCAA Student Athlete Leadership Conference and the LeaderShape Institute.

He has been involved with several professional organizations including the American College Personnel Association and the Southwest Association of Student Assistant Programs. He served as national chair for the Knowledge Community for Student Leadership Programs and he is currently a board of trustee member for LeaderShape, Inc., a national non-profit organization that equips young adults to become extraordinary leaders.

Carry and his wife, Jessica, have a two-year-old daughter, Aliyah.

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