Jason Penry Appointed Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at ASU

Arkansas State University Chancellor Tim Hudson on Tuesday announced the promotion of Jason Penry of Jonesboro to vice chancellor for university advancement.

"Jason is a rising star in higher education and has already proven himself to be a leader and innovator in multiple areas on campus," Hudson said in a news release. "He has stellar fund-raising credentials with a record of success and growth. After consulting with individuals within the Arkansas State community and around the country, it became clear that he's an ideal choice for this key position."

The Office of University Advancement is responsible for creating awareness, building relationships, and generating financial support for the teaching, research, and public service mission of Arkansas State.

Penry, who has been interim vice chancellor for university advancement for the past month, joined Arkansas State in August 2012 as chief of staff after serving as chief fund-raising officer at Angelo State University, which is a member of the Texas Tech University System. He has worked with Hudson and his leadership team to establish university priorities, provide strategic leadership and support for university initiatives, and develop policy recommendations.

Hudson said no decisions have been made regarding the chief of staff position being vacated by Penry.

"We have great momentum on both the state and national levels," Penry said. "I look forward to working with Chancellor Hudson, faculty, staff and a talented advancement team. We will provide alumni and friends of the university meaningful opportunities to participate in the vision and mission of Arkansas State, which has a rich history of changing lives."

Penry holds his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Texas A&M. He earned a master of science degree in sport management from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. And he received his bachelor of arts degree in secondary education from LSU-Shreveport.