I am the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Austin College. I oversee Residence Life, Student Activities, Student Conduct, Food Services, Greek Life, Campus Center Operations, and Summer Conferences/Auxiliary Services. I worked as the Director of Student Life at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California for three years and was the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas for ten years. I received my Master of Science in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. I have worked in Higher Education for 29 years as a professional. In 2019, I was recognized by Austin College for my work with alumni and was honored with the Cindy Curtis Bean Service to Alumni Award. In 2020, I received the Robert D. Bradshaw Award and was recognized by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators for my student advocacy work with the Robert D. Bradshaw Award. I am passionate about student development, diversity education, and leadership. I currently reside in Sherman, Texas.
What motivated you to attend college?
My father and my teachers pushed me to further my education. My mother had a 5th-grade education and my father finished 10th grade and he wanted me to do better. Teachers pushed me to be my best over the years and encouraged me to pursue my education.
How did your early mentors help guide you to college?
They never gave up on me. They encouraged me to take AP courses in subjects that I excelled in while in High School. They always encouraged me to explore education.
What were your fears about going to college?
My biggest fear was failure and letting my family and teachers down. Also, I feared that I might not be good enough to compete academically in College.
What advice do you have for current first-generation students?
Ask questions, try everything, get involved, meet people different from yourself and never give up on yourself. Also, ask for help when you need it! You are never alone…
What helped you persist in difficult times?
My fraternity brothers and my professors helped me get through College. They never gave up on me!
What does being a first-generation student mean to you?
Being the first in your family to get an education and provide a better life for yourself and your family.