Frank B. Ashley III, Ed.D.
Senior Associate Dean/Senior Professor
The Bush School of Government and Public Service
Director of Diversity Initiatives
Texas A&M University
Deacon, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
Dr. Ashley received his degrees from Louisiana College and The University of Alabama and is currently jointly serving as the Senior Associate Dean in the Bush School and the Director of Diversity Issues for Texas A&M University. Before assuming his current position at the Bush School he served as a Senior VP for the College Board Corporation in New York. In his 35+ years in education, Ashley has served in a variety of roles, including teacher, coach and administrator.
As a faculty member, and Dean at Texas A&M University-Commerce he was 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” given by the Delta XI Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. 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 developed several initiatives to increase the diversity of students, faculty, staff and administrators across the A&M system..
Dr. Ashley has numerous publications and presentations and is invited to present nationally and internationally, and in March 2022 was inducted into the University Of Alabama College Of Education Hall of Fame. An Ordained Deacon serving at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, he also served as Chaplain for the A&M Football team for several years. He and his wife Janice have two children, Frank IV and Elizabeth.