Carlos Campo, Ph.D. began his term as the 30th president of Ashland University on June 1, 2015, and brings a wealth of experience to this role, including serving as president of Regent University.
Campo serves as vice chair of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. In this role, he works to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic students, serves as featured speaker at the Hispanic Education Alliance Summits, advocates for and works with national leaders in immigration reform and serves as national spokesperson for educational issues within the Hispanic community.
Campo represents Ashland University and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference as a member of the NCAA President’s Council. He also chairs the educational committee for the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. and is a member of the executive committee. In Ohio, Campo is a member of the executive committee of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges and the 50 Club of Cleveland, and was appointed by the governor as an Ohio Commodore.
Campo previously served as president of Regent University from August 2010 to October 2013. He oversaw and directed the administration, operations, academic affairs and international initiatives of seven graduate schools, an undergraduate college, online adult degree completion, continuing education and a diverse student body of more than 5,500 students.
Campo worked to establish Regent University as the first university in Virginia (and one of 22 nationally) to receive an “A” rating from the Association of College Trustees and Alumni. He also worked to significantly improve the fiscal condition of the university, while achieving record levels for enrollment and fundraising.
Prior to becoming president, Campo served as chief academic officer and provost at Regent from 2008 to 2010. In this role, he directed and supported a group of associates, deans, associate/assistant deans and chairpersons conducting day-to-day operations of academic affairs, faculty research, development and curriculum revision.
As chief academic officer and provost, he also led all accreditation reaffirmation efforts and licensing requirements, including serving as the school’s official liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
From 2005 to 2008, Campo served as the chief academic officer and the dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. During his time there, he secured the largest single donation in the history of the college ($8.2 million), which bolstered the Health Sciences program. He served as director of academic partnerships, creating 18 fully online programs and initiating a “Jumpstart” high school dual credit/dual enrollment program in dozens of schools. He also started the first Latino Studies Program, initiating curriculum development and overseeing the implementation.
Through the years, Campo has received many distinctions and special awards, including:
- Educator of the Year awards from local and national organizations
- The 2014 MLK Community Leader Award from the Urban League of Hampton Roads
- The 2012 and 2013 Inside Business Power List of individuals in the Hampton Roads Region
- The Silver Star Spirit Diversity Award, presented by the Urban League of Human Resource Young Professionals in 2013
- The Excellence in Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Association in 2011
- An Honorary Doctorate from International University in Vienna in 2010
- Who’s Who Among American Teachers from 2000 through 2004
- 2016 UNLV College of Liberal Arts Alumnus of the Year
Campo received his Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Drama (“Dissertation of the Year”), his Master of Arts Degree in English (Cum Laude) and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater, all from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. He also has published many academic papers, workshops and commentaries, and is an active member of the International Shakespeare Association. His review of the play All My Sons can be found in the latest Arthur Miller Journal (2022).