Born and raised in Texas, I am the product of a typically American, small-town environment. I worked my way through college to become the first member of my family to earn a degree.
After graduating from high school, I entered Texas A&M University-Commerce and immersed myself
in my classes and campus life. My first post-graduation job was in Dallas, but there was a nagging feeling that I was not where I should be. Then, sitting poolside on a blistering Sunday afternoon, I realized that I wanted to build a professional career in higher education, helping others pursue their own potential. I gave notice, packed and headed back to Commerce. I found a job and I enrolled in graduate school.
As the custodian in a freshman residence hall, I learned a very important life lesson. I realized that every employee on a college campus makes a difference in the education of a student.
Since that first job in higher education, I've had the privilege of working at four different public institutions in four different states. In each instance, the opportunity to take on the challenges of increasingly responsible positions has resulted in profound lessons about leadership, collaboration, and the importance of addressing each challenge by pursuing the answer to one fundamental question: "What is best for our students?"
I have also been fortunate in my personal life to have met and married a wonderful woman, Trish--a professional artist who is my best friend, my honest critic, and my most avid supporter. Together, we have been blessed with three extraordinary children and their families.
Thanks for visiting.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org