Dr. J. Joseph Hoey, IV serves as Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff for Ashford University. Dr. Hoey’s background includes development of an institutional effectiveness function at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) from 2006-2010. In 2009, he developed and presented MUSE (Measuring Unique Studies Effectively) at SCAD, the first conference of its kind in the U.S. on assessment in art and design. Dr. Hoey spent eight years as the founding director of the Office of Assessment at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a prior five years in University Planning and Analysis at NC State University, and seven years in the North Carolina Community College System. His published research encompasses engineering program assessment, graduate program assessment, academic program review, building trust in assessment processes, alumni and employer feedback, validating student engagement research, community college transfer, and evaluation of online academic programs.
Dr. Hoey is past president of the Southern Association for Institutional Research, past board member at large for the Association for Institutional Research, and is both a frequent speaker and presenter on assessment, evaluation, and accreditation issues.
Prior to his career in higher education administration, Dr. Hoey enjoyed a satisfying first career in classical guitar performance. He holds a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from the Florida State University, where he studied under Bruce Holzman, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied under Celin and Pepe Romero. He studied at the Hochschule der Kuenste in Berlin under Carlo Domeniconi and privately with Gilbert Biberian in London. Dr. Hoey has taught studio classical guitar at the University of Reading and at Barton College. His performance career includes four years as a full-time resident artist in the Visiting Artist Program in North Carolina, as well as stints on the Touring Artist Roster for both North Carolina and South Carolina. Discography includes a CD for Liscio Recordings with fellow guitarist Brian Morris as Les Deux Amis.