Dr. Carl A. Stockton became the sixth Chancellor of Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) in July 2016 at the invitation of the Auburn University Board of Trustees.
Under his leadership, AUM has earned recognition from U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review for the quality of its academic programs and has been designated as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media. In U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges guide, AUM ranked 33rd among regional public universities in the South for overall quality and earned a No. 88 national ranking for the quality of its “First-Year Experience” (seminars and programs that bring new students into regular contact with faculty and staff in support of student success). In July 2019, Auburn University at Montgomery’s athletics program earned full-fledged NCAA Division II membership.
AUM has also been selected as the top university in the River Region by voters in the Montgomery Advertiser’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards for two consecutive years.
In fall 2018, AUM’s accreditation was reaffirmed for 10 years with zero recommendations by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
AUM was the first university to join the Montgomery Internet Exchange in 2017, and has also formed new partnerships with Alabama community colleges. During Dr. Stockton’s tenure, the university’s enrollment has grown to its highest total in the last six years as the student population has exceeded 5,200 in fall 2018 and 2019.
In his 37 years in higher education, as both an administrator and faculty member, Dr. Stockton has raised more than $100 million in grants and capital support for the universities and programs he has served. His leadership and support have increased degree offerings for students and research and professional development opportunities for faculty while also yielding partnerships with industry and international universities.
Dr. Stockton has successfully managed toward continuous growth and high achievement. While serving as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Houston-Clear Lake — the post he held from 2007 until joining AUM — Dr. Stockton grew enrollment by a university record 18 percent. He also led the university to earn the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement Classification in both Curricular Engagement and Outreach Partnerships and in being named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. He has also encouraged and facilitated faculty engagement with the Fulbright Scholars Program.
Beginning his career as an assistant professor in health science education at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Dr. Stockton advanced to administration as the Department Chair of Exercise, Sport and Health Education in Radford University’s College of Education and Human Development and then as Department Chair of Health and Applied Human Sciences in the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s College of Art and Sciences.
While at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Dr. Stockton led efforts to develop a Space Act Agreement with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which led to the establishment of a Cybersecurity Institute. In addition to NASA, he has collaborated on projects with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation.
In addition to his distinguished career spanning progressive levels of achievement as an educator, researcher and author and administrator, Dr. Stockton’s accomplishments are also marked by active professional and community involvement.
He has served as a board member for a variety of nonprofits in Alabama’s River Region, including Child Protect, the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and YMCA Metro.
Among Dr. Stockton’s awards and honors are the 2019 Great American Hero Award presented by the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America Youth Leadership Development Program, the Houston Endowed Chair for Education, the Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education Award and the Health Administrator of the Year Award. He is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Health Education and was, most recently, inducted into the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. As a faculty member, Dr. Stockton received the Alpha Lambda Delta Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from Radford University.
Dr. Stockton holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Health Education from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Elaine, have one daughter, Taylor, who works for Deloitte.