Sandra Massey, who grew up on a college campus, is moving up at Arkansas State University-Newport: She is the university’s new chancellor.
Massey was named chancellor on Sept. 17 to replace Larry Williams, the university’s first chancellor, who recently retired.
Higher education is nothing new to Massey.
“My first home was in faculty housing at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro,” she said.
Her father was a history professor at the university when she was born.
“I’ve grown up in the [higher education] system,” Massey said.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from ASU in 1978, then a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling in 1979.
Before higher education once again became part of her life, counseling others had her full attention for 14 years. She began working as a coordinator and instructor for Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee in 1997.
She moved up through the ranks, going from coordinator and instructor to vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, then to dean of student services.
She developed the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families welfare-to-work project, along with placing students in jobs aligned with the training they received at OSU-Okmulgee.
She stayed at OSU-Okmulgee from 1997 to 2005, then served as the campus provost for Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, Okla., from 2005 to 2010 before making her way to ASU-Newport.
As provost, she directed and administered programs at the northeast campus of the college, along with managing the campus’ annual evaluation and planning process.
Though she’s in a new position at ASU-Newport, Massey is not new to the Newport campus.
“I’ve been here for three years as the vice chancellor for academic affairs,” Massey said.
She wanted to be closer to home, she said, so when the position was available at ASU-Newport, she pursued it and moved back to her birthplace.
“The people here are awesome,” she said. “The students love this campus.”
Since Massey has been employed at ASU-Newport, she has seen an expansion of the student population and of the university’s programs.
While serving as vice
chancellor for academic affairs, Massey said, she led a process to increase efficiencies to support student enrollment and learning.
The surgical technology program at the university, one of the most popular on the campus, recently received accreditation.
“It’s very exciting,” Massey said.
As with any job, Massey said, as chancellor of ASU-Newport, she has some goals she plans to pursue and complete within the next 10 years at the campus.
“I want to continue to develop partnerships and meet the needs of local business and industry,” she said. “To do this, we all need to be working together.”
The campus’s population is now at 2,078, a 1.7 percent increase from last year, which brings in more funding for the school, Massey said.
Her broad experience in higher education will help her in her new position, and she is looking to apply the skills she developed in recruitment and enrollment management to draw more students to ASU-Newport.
“It’s going to take all of us to shape the next 10 years here,” she said. “I’m very excited to be here.”