Current Veteran: Ayers, Frank

Presenter Information

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Colonel Frank Ayers (Ret) served in the United States Air Force for 26 years, serving as a B-52 instructor pilot, B-52 Squadron Commander, Commander Camp Phillips, Combat Support Group Commander and Chief of Joint Military Education Policy at the Pentagon. He is a proud 1974 graduate of the Virginia Tech, Corps of Cadets (VTCC) and Air Force ROTC. He is an active pilot and has logged more than 6,300 flight hours in a wide variety of aircraft types. He retired from the United States Air Force in July of 2000 and joined the Embry-Riddle faculty later that same month.

Frank, his wife Debbie (also a former Air Force officer), and their family moved 14 times during his 26 years of active duty. While on active duty he earned a master’s degree from Embry-Riddle Worldwide (then known as the “Extended Campus”), and attended the US Army War College, and the Harvard University, Senior Leaders in Government course.

Today, Dr. Ayers is a Professor of Aeronautical Science at the Daytona Beach, Florida Campus and teaches undergraduates, masters, and PhD students. From September 2009 to June 2019, he was privileged to serve as the 7th Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the Prescott Arizona Campus, of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. From 2005 to 2009 he served as Chairman of the Flight Training Department at the University's Daytona Beach, Florida Campus. With assistance from Embry-Riddle, Frank earned an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, with type ratings in the Boeing 757 and 767 at Northwest Airlines. And he earned his Certified Flight Instructor certificate in 2001 from Embry-Riddle.

The Ayers family believes that the best part of their 26 years in the Air Force, and now over 20 years at Embry-Riddle, has been the opportunity to serve, and serve with, so many wonderful and talented people. Trading their Air Force family for the Embry-Riddle family has made all the difference!

Time in Service

26 Years

Branch and Rank

U.S. Air Force Colonel

Places Stationed

  • Castle Air Force base California (as an instructor and a commander)
  • Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • North Dakota
  • The Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  • Upstate New York


See Frank Ayers' faculty page.

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Current Veteran: Ayers, Frank