I AM CCAS
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas A&M University– Kingsville
Years as dean:
Five years— two as Interim Dean and two as Permanent Dean
Advice for new deans:
Communication is key to being informed on the issues in your college and campus— maintain dialogue with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the community. As a new dean, I also found that identifying a mentor either on campus or through CCAS was extremely helpful. It provided an opportunity for perspective and insight in reflecting decisions and actions taken and needed in the future. And, most importantly, make sure you enjoy what you are doing. A passion for your role and the positive impact it can make on your college/university is what reminds us, especially on those challenging days, why we do what we do!
Most meaningful contribution as dean:
Building a team in the dean’s office and amongst the department chairs and directors. A strong leadership team serves as the foundation for what we can accomplish as a college.
When you think about the liberal arts, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?
The endless opportunities for the future. The importance and relevance of a liberal arts education in preparing students for a variety of careers including careers that haven’t even yet been created. Liberal arts develop key strengths in students such as critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, communication, and a global perspective. These strengths are key for the future.
Why she’s a member of CCAS:
I’ve appreciated and enjoyed getting to know colleagues on both a professional and personal basis. It has been extremely helpful to learn from others and broaden my knowledge about all the components of being a dean. I find this membership supports my ongoing learning and access to best practices in the field.
What you might be surprised to know about her:
I got to fly with the Blue Angels this year. It was an amazing 40-minute flight in which he flew vertical, did 360-barrel rolls, 180s, got up to 7 G’s (for which I was taught the “hick” maneuver), flew inverted, and did inner loops, outer loops. It was an incredible once in a lifetime experience and I would definitely do it again.
What she does when not working:
Volunteering in the community, reading, traveling, and doing all types of puzzles— word, crossword, numbers, and such.
How she keeps balance in life:
I love to travel and explore new places— in the U.S. and internationally. I enjoy meeting new people, exploring new areas, and testing myself in the adventure of it.
My audible book is Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin and my kindle book is When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal.