Ashley Green, Ph.D., has been named the inaugural chief of staff in the Office of the Provost at Michigan State University, effective Oct. 16. In this role, Green acts as a strategic partner and adviser to the provost.
She also serves as a key liaison for the provost with numerous stakeholders across the university and represents the provost in a variety of formal and informal settings. She will oversee initiatives and special projects as well as manage and coordinate the administrative functions of the Office of the Provost.
“The diverse range of Dr. Green’s professional experiences positions her well to understand, navigate, lead and effectively coordinate key projects and sensitive processes in support of both the office and MSU’s academic mission,” said Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas D. Jeitschko, Ph.D.
Green, a Spartan alumna and administrator with over 15 years of experience, characterizes herself as a connector, communicator, convenor and collaborator.
“I’m thrilled to help support and advance the goals and operations of the Office of the Provost and the academic mission of the university,” Green said. “An inaugural role is always exciting because it provides an opportunity to contribute in new ways that align with my background, interests and skill set.”
Most recently, Green served as assistant dean for administration in the Office of International Studies and Programs, or ISP, where she was a vital member of the dean’s office leadership team and a trusted advisor to the vice provost and dean of ISP. In addition, she served as the director for diversity, equity and inclusion, which allowed her to lead and execute her work with an equitable lens.
“I recognize the importance of fostering inclusive environments where all are welcomed and respected, and I appreciate the diversity of backgrounds, thoughts, perspectives and approaches,” Green said. “Leading global DEI initiatives also increased my cultural competency and ability to engage across global/cultural differences, an asset I will be able to bring to this work.”
She earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership in higher education from Western Michigan University, her M.Ed. in higher education administration from the University of Toledo and her B.A. in psychology from Michigan State University. Her higher education administrative leadership extends across international engagement, personnel, recruitment and admissions, academic advising, career counseling, fellowships/scholarships, DEI and a range of special projects.
Green’s passion for higher education stems from her being a first-generation college student. While her parents did not attend college, they encouraged her. They provided the necessary resources for her to thrive in her academic pursuits and, ultimately, her success as a professional, respected leader in higher education administration.
“I’ve led programs, projects and people for over 15 years in various university settings, which gives me a broad understanding and familiarity with the university. Professionalism, integrity, inclusion, commitment and compassion are core values that I bring with me to this new role.”