Long-time Mississippi community college official Bill Ashley will be leaving the Magnolia State and moving to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to assume the top post at Shelton State Community College.
The Alabama Community College System board of trustees on Wednesday approved Dr. William J. “Bill” Ashley as the next permanent president of Shelton State.
“Dr. Ashley’s community college system experience is impressive in terms of years and breadth,” Jimmy H. Baker, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System said. “He will be a tremendous asset at Shelton State, and we look forward to working with him as he takes the campus to the next level.”
Ashley has worked almost two decades in Mississippi’s community college system, serving most recently as vice president for student affairs at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, Miss. His prior roles range from student instruction to athletics to academic leadership.
A Mississippi native, he earned a Ph.D. in community college leadership from Mississippi State University. He also has an MBA from Delta State University and other educational credentials in finance and accounting.
“I am deeply committed to the mission of community colleges, which is to provide accessible education and opportunities to people throughout their lifetimes,” Ashley said. “I’m especially eager to be a part of the exciting things happening today in Alabama’s community college system.”