USC Kortschak Center For Learning and Creativity



Vice Provost of Student Affairs

Dr. Ainsley Carry began his service as USC’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs as of August 1, 2013. In this role, he leads a team responsible for co-curricular programs and services that enrich students’ total USC experience. His team focuses on providing support for students to pursue scholarly aspirations and pique new interests in a safe and inclusive environment. Among Dr. Carry’s areas of oversight are the residential colleges, the USC Career Center, Engemann Student Health Center, Lyon Recreation Center, and Ronald Tutor Campus Center. His priorities for the coming year include maximizing Student Affair’s organizational structure, connecting with USC students, and building innovative academic partnerships to advance student learning.

With over two decades of experience in college administration, Dr. Carry brings a broad perspective to higher education leadership, having held both administrative positions and faculty appointments at public and private institutions including Southern Methodist University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Florida, and Temple University. Prior to joining USC, he served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Auburn University, where he directly supervised 15 units and more than 120 employees. He launched Auburn’s first new student convocation and Tedx Auburn series. He orchestrated collaborations with several academic programs and garnered approval for a new $72 million Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

Dr. Carry holds an Ed. D. in Higher Education, an M.S. in Counselor Education, and a B.S. in Food and Resource Economics, all from the University of Florida. He also earned an MBA from Auburn University. He is accompanied to Los Angeles by his wife (Jessica), daughter (Aliyah), and in-laws.