Dr. Holly Ayers has been selected as the next vice president of learning at South Arkansas Community College.

Ayers currently is the division chair for math, science and education at Ozarka College in Melbourne, where she has worked since 2006. Previously at the school, she was the director of the Paul Miller Fitness Center and a physical education, health and college success instructor.

Prior to 2006 she was a regional policy specialist at the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services Southeast District.

She is a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a doctor's degree in educational leadership, a master's degree in exercise science, a specialist degree in community college teaching and administration and a bachelor's degree in exercise science.

"As a native Arkansan I am honored and excited to begin working with the college and it's partners to provide high-quality educational opportunities that support a stronger and more competitive workforce for Arkansas," Ayers said. "SouthArk is a shining example of how two-year colleges can use innovative approaches to improving economic development and academic success, and I am thrilled to become part of that forward momentum."

She and her husband Coby Ayers have two children, ages 14 and 9.

She will assume her new job duties at SouthArk on July 1. Holly Ayers replaces Dr. Val Cantu, who is retiring.