7/14/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Hannah Clayborne has been named the new vice president for student affairs at Ashland University, replacing Sue Heimann who retired this year after 36 years at Ashland. Clayborne will begin her duties on Aug. 3.
“Dr. Clayborne was identified through a national search process that produced more than 75 applicants for the position and a highly qualified semi-finalist and finalist pool,” said Dr. Scott Van Loo, executive vice president at Ashland University. “We believe that Hannah’s breadth of experiences, leadership ability, professional manner and commitment to Christian values will make her an excellent addition to the AU team.”
Clayborne comes to Ashland from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., where she has served as assistant vice president for student affairs and multicultural affairs since 2007.
At Bellarmine, Clayborne led the university’s efforts in creating and maintaining an inclusive and welcoming campus environment for students, staff and faculty. Some of her accomplishments there included restructuring the Career Development Center in conjunction with the vice-president for student affairs to address the evolving needs of students, faculty, alumni and other stakeholders; establishing the Multicultural Advisory Board (MAB) to ensure students, staff and faculty experiences are reflected in the programs and institutional discussions regarding diversity and inclusion initiatives; and coordinating the development of the inaugural campus-wide diversity plan with members of the Multicultural Advisory Board.
Prior to joining Bellarmine, she served as a postdoctoral research associate for one year and research assistant for a number of years at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. There, her duties included being a member of research team responsible for conducting program evaluations and presenting reports to clients and other stakeholders. She also analyzed data and wrote evaluative reports for qualitative and quantitative projects.
Clayborne also served as coordinator of campus activities for the University of Arizona’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership from 2000 to 2002 and served as assistant coordinator of student activities from 1996 to 2000 at Miami University’s regional campus in Middletown.
She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University, an M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Wright State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Miami (Ohio) University. She also holds a number of certificates and additional training including Investigator Training (Title IX) and Title IX Coordinator Certification.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###