Charles Nash Ed.D.

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs


Dr. Charles Ray Nash is Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and the chief liaison officer to academic, student, institutional research, and planning officials at UA, UAB, and UAH. He advises the Chancellor on academic and student policy matters and provides primary leadership in program planning, development, and review. He is also the System’s liaison to the Alabama Departments of Education, Postsecondary, and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

Prior to joining The University of Alabama System, Charles was Associate Executive Director for the Commission on Colleges at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Dean of the School of Education of Armstrong Atlantic State University, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Development of the University System of Georgia.

Dr. Nash’s professional interests focus on the development and assessment of academic programs and institutional quality in higher education, accreditation of colleges and universities, and college and university governance. He chairs accreditation committees for SACS/COC and serves on accreditation committees for the American Bar Association. He is past secretary of the CHEA Board, past chairman of the Council on Academic Affairs of NASULGC (APLU), and the National Forum of University System Chief Academic Officers (NFSCAO). He is chairman of the Alabama Council of University Chief Academic Officers (ACUCAO) and the Board of the Alabama Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Engineering Coalition (AMSTEC). He is member of the Executive Committee of the National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions (NASSMC), and past member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement at the University of Georgia. Dr. Nash completed six years as a member of the Accreditation Committee of the American Bar Association, and is a member of the S.T.E.M. Advisory Board of the National Governor’s Association.

Dr. Nash earned his bachelor’s degree from Jackson (MS) State University, his master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his doctorate from Mississippi State University. He is a graduate of the I.E.M. leadership development program at Harvard University, studied computer-aided distance learning at Stanford University and completed the Oxford Roundtable at Oxford University.