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Cindy Blanco

  

Director of Student Records and Registrar
South Texas College

 

Cindy Blanco has 29 years of experience in higher education and currently with 21 of those years in Admissions and Records.  She currently serves as the Director of Student Records and Registrar and is responsible for the administration of all student records, admissions, and official reporting, records processing, grade reporting, degree audit, and the storage, maintenance, and security of academic records.  She has served on national and state committees within American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO).

Session: M.2.03 - So You Want to be a Registrar

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Boyd Bradshaw

Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Chief Enrollment Officer
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Dr. Boyd Bradshaw is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Chief Enrollment Officer at IUPUI. Dr. Bradshaw has 20+ years of extensive experience devoted to the specialized field of enrollment management. Throughout his tenure as an enrollment manager, he has consistently maximized the enrollment potential of the institutions he has served while improving the incoming class academic profile. He offers extensive experience in student recruitment planning, student retention, enrollment marketing and communications, as well as enrollment technologies.

Session: W.1.01 - GREAT Outcomes for Students: Reverse-Engineering Strategic Enrollment Management

Scott Branum

Director of Admissions and Registrar
Galveston College

Scott Branum has worked in higher education for over 21 years. He currently serves as Director of Admissions/Registrar at Galveston College. Prior to moving to the gulf coast, Scott worked at Paris Junior College for 13 years in various capacities in the Student Records Office.

Session: M.3.02 - COVID Conversations with Registrar

Bobbie Brown

Registrar
Texas Tech University

Bobbie Brown has been in the Registrar’s office for 23 years and 12 of that has been as Registrar.  She has served on many TACRAO committees, several THECB committees, and is active in SACRAO and AACRAO.

Session: M.3.02 - COVID Conversations with Registrar

Jesus Buitron

Outreach Respresentative
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

Session: T.3.01 - How has COVID-19 changed DACA/First Time in College Recruitment

Paige Bussell

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Paige Bussell graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management Information Systems in 1994 and a Master of Business Administration in 2002. Paige has worked in Higher Education for over 25 years and is the University Registrar at A&M-Commerce. Paige has been a member of TACRAO since 2004, has served in many different roles including Vice President for Records & Registration 2014-2016, and is the incoming TACRAO President-Elect for 2020.

Session: T.1.03 - Commencement Ceremonies during a Pandemic

Dorinda Byley

Processing Coordinator
Stephen F. Austin State University

How to keep students in Texas is becoming a growing problem in higher education. I am looking forward to sharing ways to help Texas students realize there truly is no place like home. Financial incentives such as lower student debt with in-state tuition, scholarships, first generation student support, marketing our campuses and nearby amenities and supporting each other as higher education partners are just a few of the ideas that will be presented.

Session: M.1.01 - How to Keep Students in Texas…There’s No Place Like Home

Dr. Sam Carrell

 

Associate Registrar
University of Texas at Tyler

Dr. Carrell has worked in the Office of the Registrar at UT Tyler for the past 12 years, serving as Associate Registrar since 2011. His background covers all areas of Registrar operations, with his current portfolio centered on athletics, graduation, curriculum, and policy. He also teaches graduate courses in organization development and leadership.

Session: M.1.02 - Legislative Issues Committee Panel

Jessica Cravens

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Texas Tech University

Jessica Cravens graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations in 2011 and earned her MBA from the Rawls College of Business in 2016. She has worked for Undergraduate Admissions for over 9 years, as the Out-of-State Admissions Counselor, Visitors Center Manager and currently as the Associate Director of Operations.

Session: T.2.01 - It’s a Virtual World of Enrollment Management

Andrea Ervin  

Business Technical Analyst
University of Texas at Dallas

Andrea Ervin is a Business Technical Analyst at The University of Texas at Dallas, where she provides business technology guidance to end users within the Office of the Registrar. Andrea has over a decade of experience in student records management with an expertise in transfer articulation. In her free time she enjoys reading and watching movies.

Session: T.3.02 - Articulation of Transfer Credit and Practices

Toney Favors 

Assistant Vice President of Admissions and Recruiting
Texas A&M University-Texarkana

Session: T.1.01 - Budget Management Post COVID-19

Dr. Javier Flores

Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Angelo State University

Dr. Javier Flores serves more than ten thousand students as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and the Foster Care Alumni Liaison at Angelo State University, a member of the Texas Tech University System. A West Texas native from Sonora and first generation college student, he earned a Doctorate in Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas Tech University.  Dr. Flores is the President of Education Reach for Texans, a statewide organization that promotes educational opportunities for youth who experienced the foster care system.  He has presented at their annual conference as well as other venues on the subject of higher education.  Dr. Flores serves on several workgroups with the Education Committee of the Texas Children’s Commission.  He is a member of the San Angelo Schools Foundation, Concho Valley Head-Start Advisory Board, San Angelo Performing Arts Center Board of Directors, the Texas Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers and Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education and is recognized as an innovative leader in the provision of dual credit throughout the central and western part of the state. Prior to his 2012 arrival at ASU, he was affiliated with Howard College, serving as both Dean and Vice President of Student Services. He was honored to be named Howard College’s first Provost for the Big Spring Campus in 2010 while also serving 16 months as Interim Provost for the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf.  Dr. Flores has prior service at New Mexico Junior College and New Mexico State University where he received his Master of Arts in Educational Management and Administration.  He is an active member of the San Angelo Rotary Club.

Session: T.1.02 - Enhancing Higher Education Opportunities for Foster Care

Rebecca Griffith 

District Director of Admissions and Records
Tarrant County College District

Rebecca (Becki) Griffith serves as District Director of Admissions and Records for Tarrant County College, a large multi-campus community college based in Fort Worth. Prior to joining TCC in 2014, she served as Registrar and Director of Admissions for Lee College, a community college east of Houston. She is a TACRAO Past President. Prior to entering higher education enrollment services, she worked as a journalist and in public relations. She earned a B.A. at Temple University, Philadelphia, (where she was a student assistant in the Admissions office, mastering the art of walking backwards while leading student tour groups) and a M.Ed. at Lamar University.

Session: M.2.03 - So You Want to be a Registrar
Session: M.3.02 - COVID Conversations with Registrars

Dr. Blanca Guerra

University Registrar
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Blanca E. Guerra, serves as the University Registrar for the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Trained as a Social Worker she has a unique 20 years background in higher education. She has experience working with 2-year, 4 year, professional and graduate students. Her experience in higher education range from working with career services and placement of students after graduation, directing recruitment and admissions of a variety of students which include dual enrollment, continuing education, traditional 2- and 4-year program of study. Within the world of registrar work, she has spent the last 10 years at UT Health San Antonio and prior to that 7 years with Texas State Technical College. In 2015 she earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University where she teaches on an as needed basis Social Work courses to graduate level students.

Session: M.3.02 - COVID Conversations with Registrars

Shella Hayes

 

Director of Information Technology
University of Texas at Dallas

Session: T.3.02 - Articulation of Transfer Credit and Practices

Judge Rob Hofmann

452nd Judicial District of Texas

Rob Hofmann began his career of public service for the State of Texas in 1996, now serving as judge of the 452nd Judicial District in five Hill Country counties. In 2018, Judge Hofmann was appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to serve as Jurist in Residence for the Children’s Commission and later that year received the Texas CASA Judicial Leadership Award. He is a Board Member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and has served Texas as judicial representative at the 2019 National Judicial Leadership Summit, the 2019 National Court Improvement Program Judicial Leaders Convening, and the Children’s Bureau National Planning Meeting in 2018. He has been formally recognized by Education Reach for Texans for his work to improve educational outcomes for children in foster care and was named 2011 Texas CASA Judge of the Year. Judge Hofmann speaks often and works on numerous projects related to improving the child welfare system. He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Judge Hofmann graduated from Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University School of Law. He and his wife are former foster parents and have two children.

Session: T.1.02 - Enhancing Higher Education Opportunities for Foster Care

Darla Inglish

 

Registrar
Midwestern State University

Darla Inglish has worked in the MSU Office of the Registrar since 1989. She served as Interim Registrar beginning in 2001, and became University Registrar in 2003.  She served as Local Arrangements Chair for TACRAO 2003 in Wichita Falls, later was elected as TACRAO Vice President for Records and Registration; and served as TACRAO President for the 2016 conference in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.  She and her husband Ben are empty nesters, and they enjoy camping with their group of camping friends.

Session: M.3.02 - COVID Conversations with Registrars

Anam Iqbal

Assistant Director
University of Texas at Arlington

Anam Iqbal is the Associate Director of Freshman Recruitment at the University of Texas at Arlington.  She is a proud double graduate of the University of North Texas.  Anam has 7 years of higher education experience and served in previous roles in UNT Housing and Residence Life and UNT Admissions.  She is currently the Technology Chair of SARN,  Communications Chair of STARN  and member of ARC.

Session: T.2.01 - It’s a Virtual World of Enrollment Management

Mary Kincannon

  

University Registrar
Texas Christian University

With over 37 years in the Registrar’s Office, all at Texas Christian University, there are not many functions in this office that I have not handled, but I have more experience in class schedules, course catalogs, and working with transfer credit.  I have served as the University Registrar for the last five years.  I am a past president of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO), and continue to serve on regional and state committees for the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO).  I am a TCU alum, and prior to returning to TCU, I taught high school Home Ec.

Session: M.2.03 - So You Want to be a Registrar

Bobby Lothringer

 

University Registrar & Executive Director of Enrollment Services
Southern Methodist University

Bobby Lothringer is the University Registrar at Southern Methodist University and the current TACRAO President. Bobby has 25 years of experience in higher education in the areas of alumni relations, admissions, academic affairs, and registrar at four different universities. Prior to his arrival at SMU in 2020, Bobby previously worked at Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas, and Texas Woman’s University. Bobby has been an active member of TACRAO since 2000, serving in such leadership positions as President, Vice President for Records and Registration, and Local Arrangements Chair. In addition, he has chaired a number of standing and session planning committees over the past 20 years.

Session: T.1.03 - Commencement Ceremonies during a Pandemic

Chandra Morgan

 

Admissions Counselor
Texas Tech University

My name is Chandra Morgan and I am currently working for Texas Tech University as a Regional Admissions Counselor in Houston, TX. I am a first generation college student and graduate of Texas Tech University. I have had the privilege of working for Texas Tech for the previous three years. Prior to transitioning to my current role with Undergraduate Admissions, I served as a Housing Advisor and Section Coordinator for the Housing department on campus.

Session: T.3.03 - How the Student Mindset has Changed and How It Effects Recruitment in a World of COVID-19?

Dara Newton

 

Associate Vice President of Strategic Enrollment
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

Dara M. Newton serves as the Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Prior to joining UTRGV, Dara worked at The University of Texas at Arlington and Tarleton State University. She has over 25 years of experience in Enrollment Management with a majority of her years spent working with Undergraduate, Graduate, and International Recruitment, Undergraduate Admissions, New Student Orientation, and Campus Visit Experiences. No matter what role, she is dedicated to supporting and serving the staff she works with on a daily basis and understands how important these individuals are to ensuring the students of Texas (and beyond) meet and exceed their educational goals.

Session: M.3.01 - COVID Conversations with Recruitment

Molly Niemczyk

Admissions Counselor
Texas Tech University

I am Molly Niemczyk. I currently am a Houston Regional Admissions Counselor for Texas Tech University. I have the privilege of working in higher education for 6 years now, in previous roles as an Admissions Counselor for Sam Houston State University and as an Academic Advisor for the University of Houston. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. I moved to Texas in 2011, where I attend and graduated with a Bachelors in Mass Communications from Sam Houston State University. Additionally, I earned my Masters of Higher Education in May 2019 from the University of Houston.

Session: T.3.03 - How the Student Mindset has Changed and How It Effects Recruitment in a World of COVID-19?

Rebeca Perfecto

  

Director of Admissions
University of North Texas Health Science Center

Rebeca Perfecto is the Director of Recruitment at the Health Science Center at Fort Worth, she has been in Admissions for the past 8 years and started her career as a recruiter and then Assistant Director for Freshman Recruitment and Outreach at UNT. Rebeca has devised and implemented high-touch strategic recruitment plans with consideration of both long and short-term goals as well as bringing focus to underrepresented minority student recruitment.

Session: M.1.03 - Health-Related Institutions Recruitment and Admissions

Brandy Piner

Associate Registrar Senior
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Brandy is the Senior Associate Registrar at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has over 20 years of experience in Higher Education. She previously served as Registrar at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and prior to that, as Assistant Registrar at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She is actively involved in TACRAO, SACRAO and AACRAO and is an instructor for REG-101 with AACRAO. One of her main focuses is to keep her staff engaged through various training activities to include teaching FERPA through interactive games.

Session: M.1.02 - Legislative Issues Committee Panel

Chris Reed

  

Executive Director of Admissions
Texas A&M University

Chris Reed worked in higher education for almost 20 years. He began his career at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and has been with Texas A&M University since 2008. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Admissions but he has had stints in recruitment, admissions, graduate admissions and even IT.

Session: M.1.02 - Legislative Issues Committee Panel

Victor Reyna

Director of Strategic Planning
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Victor has been with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board since December 2011.  His first position was as a Business Relationship Manager in the Information Solutions and Services Division.  Victor became the Assistant Director in the Education Data Center in 2014 and the Director in March 2018.  Prior to working with the Coordinating Board, Victor spent twenty years  in Information Technologies working for various software companies.

Session: M.2.02 - CBM Reporting Updates

Irene Robinson

Registrar
Alvin Community College

Irene Montoya Robinson, M.ED., is the Registrar at Alvin Community College and has served in this role since 2001.  Prior to her role as Registrar, Irene served as a counselor at Alvin Community College from 1990-2001 and the Trio Programs Counselor at Texas Tech University from 1988-1990.  Irene is an active member of TACRAO and has served in many positions of leadership including Treasurer (2010-2012), President-Elect (2015-2016) and President (2016-2017).

Session: M.3.02 - COVID Conversations with Registrars

Elliot Savoie

 

Admissions Counselor
Texas Tech University

My name is Elliot Savoie and I am a Regional Admission Counselor for Texas Tech University based in Houston, TX. I was born and raised in Houston as well as overseas. I attended Texas Tech University graduating with a Bachelors in Management Information Systems. I have had the honor of working in higher education for over a year and before my time as an Admissions Counselor I worked as a management consultant.

Session: T.3.03 - How the Student Mindset has Changed and How It Effects Recruitment in a World of COVID-19?

Andi Scott

Associate Director of Outreach
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

Andi Scott serves as the Associate Director for Regional Recruitment for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She has worked in undergraduate recruitment for 13 years with freshman, transfer, local, and regional populations.

Session: M.3.03 - Making Data Driven Recruitment Decisions Post COVID-19

Samantha Taylor

 

Director of Admissions Operations
University of North Texas

Samantha Taylor is the Director of Admissions Operations at the University of North Texas. Sam has 18 years of admissions related experience and is a first-generation graduate of Lamar University (BA 2007; MS 2015). She loves working in admissions because it is the best way to share with others the positive ways that education can change lives. She is the 2019 TACRAO President’s Award recipient. Sam is also a Harry Potter expert and proud auntie.

Session: M.2.01 - COVID Conversations with Admissions

Dr. Sherry Wells

   

Assistant Vice President
Lamar University

Sherry Waldon Wells is Assistant Vice Provost at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas State University, a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Doctor of Education degree from Lamar University. Dr. Wells serves as Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management on the AACRAO Board of Directors. She also serves on the Enrollment Services Efficiency Committee for the Texas Council of Public University Presidents & Chancellors, and is a member of SACRAO, TACRAO, and Texas Women in Higher Education

Session: T.2.03 - AACRAO Federal Regulations Update

Troy White

Registrar
East Texas Baptist University

Troy G. White currently serves as the University Registrar at East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) in Marshall, Texas, where he begins his 5th year in that position. Prior to joining the ETBU staff, Troy served at Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, in both Academic Advising and Admissions. The Fall 2020 semester marks the beginning of his 12th year in higher education. Troy has an Associate of Arts from NTCC (2012), a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Broadcasting) from The University of Texas at Arlington (1998), a Master of Science in Education (Enrollment Management) from Capella University (2013), and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Leadership from The University of the Cumberlands. The 2020 TACRAO Annual Conference will be Troy’s 7th to attend. He currently serves at the chair of the Strategic Enrollment Management Standing Committee, and has been a member/chair of Community College, Technical, and Transfer Session Planning Committee, and the Management, Organization, and Professional Development Session Planning Committee. In addition to facilitating sessions, Troy has presented numerous sessions during the Annual Conference, including the 2019 TACRAO “Best of the Best” session, Servant Leadership: Practicing the Art of Leading by Serving, which was selected for the 2020 AACRAO “Best of the Best” award as well. Troy is the proud father of two daughters, Alyssa (20) and KaeLeigh (12), and enjoys playing disc golf, reading, and volunteering at The Simple Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Registrar
East Texas Baptist University

Session: M.3.02 - COVID Conversations with Registrars

Lee Williams

Executive Director of Academic Services
Texarkana College

Session: T.1.01 - Budget Management Post COVID-19

Andrea Yen

  

Director of Undergraduate Recruitment
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

Andrea Yen serves as Director of Undergraduate Recruitment at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Prior to joining UTRGV, Andrea spent 10 years at the University of Texas at Arlington in various roles working with graduate, international, and transfer students. Andrea has enjoyed learning about the student population in the Rio Grande Valley and working with staff to provide educational opportunities to the region.

Session: T.3.01 - How has COVID-19 changed DACA/First Time in College Recruitment