Dr. Frank Ayers has been selected as the executive vice president for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus.
Ayers had been chairman of the Flight Training Department in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus. He joined Embry-Riddle in 2000 after a 26-year career in the U.S. Air Force.
Ayers takes the helm from Dan Carrell, who is retiring after a 23-year career at Embry-Riddle Prescott.
In his new role, Ayers is responsible for leading a campus of more than 1,600 students and more than 300 employees.
In his previous position at the Daytona Beach campus, Ayers managed a staff of 250 personnel, including 160 instructor pilots. From 2003 to 2005 he was also the principal investigator for the FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) program, which is developing scenario-based education and training programs for a new generation of technically advanced aircraft. He is rated as an airline transport pilot, a commercial pilot, and a flight instructor.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1974 and held several leadership positions before retiring in 2000 after serving as Chief of Joint Military Education Policy at the Pentagon.
He holds a B.A. in history and education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle, and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University.
For more information: EmbryRiddle.edu.