“We extend sincere condolences to his family and will keep them in our prayers,” FAMU President Larry Robinson said in a quote published by WCTV-6.
Ashley was a tenured faculty member whose primary area of focus was professional leadership development. He began teaching in SBI in 1987 during the deanship of the late Sybil C. Mobley. Some of his courses included “Advanced Professional Development,” “Senior Seminar Leadership,” and “Graduate Seminar Leadership.”
He earned a bachelor of science in economics from the State University of New York at Brockport, a master of arts in economics from Howard University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Howard University.
Ashley was known as a dedicated fighter for the FAMU faculty who didn’t pull punches in his statements to the media or in face-to-face forums. He regularly spoke about faculty issues during the public comments section of FAMU Board of Trustees meetings and demanded action to address problems. Ashley also served in the FAMU Faculty Senate.