Dr. Carl A. Stockton is the sixth Chancellor of Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM), having assumed the office July 1, 2016, at the invitation of the Auburn University Board of Trustees. He has strong ties to Alabama and the Southeast and an active and successful history of service and leadership in higher education.
In his 32 years in higher education, as both 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 as well as cultivated 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 18 percent, a record in the university’s history. 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/Johnson Space Center, which led to the establishment of a Cybersecurity Institute. He has partnered on projects with NASA, 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 educator, researcher and author, and administrator, Dr. Stockton’s accomplishments are also marked by active professional and community involvement.
He holds memberships in the American Public Health Association, the American Association for Health Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Council on Education, Eta Sigma Gamma Professional Health Service Honorary and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Dr. Stockton has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Space Center Rotary and as a Trustee for the Space Center Rotary Endowment Foundation Board. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Airlie Gardens Foundation and the Board Bond Advisory Committee Community Partnership with the University of Texas at Brownsville. He also previously served on the national Board of Directors for the American Association for Health Education.
Among Dr. Stockton’s awards and honors are the Houston Endowed Chair for Education, the Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education Award, the Health Administrator of the Year Award, and the Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Society for leadership. 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 is working on her master’s degree in accounting and was named All-American Scholar by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association and Student Athlete of the Year by the Southland Conference.
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