Ash named Dean of Wayland's Anchorage campus

Dr. Eric Ash of North Dakota State University has been named the new dean of the Anchorage, Alaska, campus of Wayland Baptist University. He will begin his duties Aug. 16 at the campus, which is one of 13 in the Wayland system. 

Ash replaces Dr. Jeff Anderson, who stepped down from the position this summer to teach full-time in religion and philosophy. Anderson had served in the position for several years.

Ash comes to Wayland from North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota, where he served as department chair for the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at both institutions and was an instructor in various fields. Prior to his time there, Ash was president of the Community College of the Air Force in Montgomery, Ala., where he led the college system of 165,000 students, and was editor of the Air University Professional Journals. He also was a full-time faculty member for several years at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

“Wayland Baptist University is delighted to welcome Dr. Eric Ash as the dean of the Anchorage campus.  Dr. Ash brings a wealth of experience in higher education – he has been a faculty member, department chair, and college president, serving as President of the Community College of the Air Force,” said Dr. Elane Seebo, associate vice president of external campuses. “As a retired Air Force Colonel, he will be a tremendous asset in working with our military populations in Alaska. Most importantly, he’s as excited about coming to Wayland as we are to welcome him.”

A graduate of the Air Force Academy in international relations, Ash holds a master’s degree in human relations management from Gonzaga University, a master’s degree in history and international relations from California State University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from Air University. His doctoral degree is in history from the University of Calgary.

He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Society for Military History, the Air Force Association, Officers’ Christian Fellowship and the Reserve Officers Association. Ash has written for several publications in the area of military issues and leadership and has presented as well.

Opened in 1985, Wayland’s Anchorage campus serves a primarily adult and military student population, offering bachelor’s and master’s degree in the evenings and online. The university has a presence on Elmendorf Air Force Base, Fort Richardson and in the Mat-Su Valley as well. For more information, contact the campus at (907) 333-2277.