JONESBORO — Arkansas State University System President Charles L. Welch on Wednesday appointed Sandra Massey as chancellor of ASU-Newport, effectively immediately.

Massey, who has served as vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Newport campus since 2011, succeeds Larry Williams, who retired in August.

Her appointment follows a three-month search, and she was chosen from among 46 applicants for the position, ASU officials said.

Welch said Massey stood out in a strong group of qualify applicants because of her leadership experience in higher education.

"The fact that she’s already well acquainted with the ASU-Newport campuses and has proven herself among all of our constituencies was an added bonus. I’m confident she and her team will build on the tremendous growth of ASU-Newport," the ASU president said in announcing the appointment.

A Jonesboro native, Massey received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from ASU. She received her doctor of education degree in occupational and adult education from Oklahoma State University.

Before joining ASU, Massey was an administrator at Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus, serving as dean of student services from 2003-2005 and as provost from 2005-2010.

ASU-Newport serves 2,079 students on campuses in Newport, Marked Tree and Jonesboro.