Dr. Kerry Mix of Houston was recently chosen as the new Vice Chancellor of Academics at Arkansas State University-Beebe.
Mix career spans 16 years in higher education, with broad experience in multiple areas of community college, particularly administration of career and technical education.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Mix to our university and the ASU system,” said Dr. Karla Fisher, ASU-Beebe Chancellor. “He brings a wealth of experience in academics and student services, with particular expertise in CTE [career and technical] programs and workforce training. In the short time Dr. Mix has been with us, he has already demonstrated his commitment to economic development and industry partnerships, meeting with leaders and touring facilities throughout our service area.”
Mix had recently served as Dean of Business and Technology at San Jacinto Community College District in Houston, which serves more than 35,000 students. Before that position, Mix was Dean of Enrollment Services at the college.
Beginning with the LEAD (Letting Education Achieve Dreams) program at the University of Houston-Victoria, Mix worked with diverse groups of students, community constituents, and K-12 partners. He then taught electronics at Coastal Bend College.
Mix earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria. He also holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin.
While pursuing his doctorate, Mix worked for two national organizations, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE).
“My vision in academics is to build on the ASU-Beebe foundation of excellence in teaching and learning. I have begun by working with the chancellor and the campuses to bring new programs or redesign existing programs that will continue our excellent record in student success and provide the workforce to support the local communities and area economies,” said Dr. Mix.
Mix observed firsthand many of the factors that influence students toward academic success. As an instructor, he had the opportunity to connect with his students in the classroom and guide them to successful outcomes. Mix also experienced the value of team collaboration, data research and community outreach in selecting programs and services to meet the needs of students.
A 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient at Coastal Bend College, Mix also received the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award in 2013.
In addition to his work on numerous academic advising and team collaboration projects throughout his career, Mix has presented on many academic and leadership topics, including his doctoral dissertation published in 2010 “Online social networking: Exploring the relationship between use of web-based social technologies and community college student engagement.”
Dr. Mix replaces Dr. Theodore Kalthoff, who served as the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs since 2005. Kalthoff will retire later this year with more than 40 years of service in education.
For more information, view the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.
Arkansas State University-Beebe is an operationally separate, two-year institution of the Arkansas State University System. With campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, the Little Rock Air Force Base, and online, the university offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry. The Beebe campus also collaborates with Arkansas State, a four-year university in Jonesboro, to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus. ASU-Beebe is nationally recognized by the Aspen Institute for student success rates.