CHHS Welcomes New Assistant Dean for Community Engagement

CHHS Welcomes New Assistant Dean for Community Engagement

CHHS welcomes Ashley Wells as the new Assistant Dean for Community Engagement. 

In this role, Ashley will serve on the Leadership Team within the College of Health and Human Services and will lead efforts to foster and maintain community and industry partnerships, develop a professional development continuing education model and provide strategic direction for the Center for Healthy Communities and FuseCR. This position will collaborate with stakeholders within the College and across campus, as well as with community and industry partners external to CHHS.  

“Being selected for this position is a tremendous honor,” Ashley said. “Interfacing with the community (including our faculty, staff and students) requires deep levels of trust, and I am honored to have been chosen to represent the College of Health and Human Services in this role.”

Originally from Snellville, Ga., a community just outside of Atlanta, Ashley comes to CHHS with 14 years of experience, working at the University of Georgia in public health and community engagement roles. She has held leadership positions within Lifelong Learning and Employee and Student Development. Most recently, she served as the project coordinator for the Center for Family Research at the University of Georgia Institute for Behavioral Research. Prior to that, she served as the center coordinator for the Georgia Public Health Training Center for the University of Georgia College of Public Health. 

Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia. She anticipates earning her Doctor of Education - Adult Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development from the University of Georgia in the spring of 2018.

Ashley said she was attracted to UNCW for two reasons: 1) an opportunity for growth and 2) interdisciplinary collaboration.

“It is extremely exciting to imagine all of the creative growth opportunities for partnering with the community to impact health and wellness,” she said, “as well as the opportunities to collaborate across the college units and the UNCW campus at large.”

She said she is excited to work with the Center for Health Communities and FuseCR to create pathways for the learning and development of health and wellness professionals.

In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports and musical theater productions, and spending time contributing to the economic success of local businesses (i.e. shopping).

Ashley will join CHHS in January, 2018 to begin in her new role.