Mary Evans Sias, president of Kentucky State University in Frankfort, is the new chair of the board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The organization advocates for and provides leadership and services of its member institutions in order to advance the distinctive mission of public higher education.
Dr. Sias is the 13th president of Kentucky State University, having served in that role since April 2004. Previously she served for 10 years as associate provost and senior vice president for student affairs and external relations at the University of Texas at Dallas. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, she is a graduate of Tougaloo College and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. She also earned an MBA from Abilene Christian University.