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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

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

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

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

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 Hoffman

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

Session: M.3.02 - COVID Conversations with Registrars

Anam Iqbal

Assistant Director
University of Texas at Arlington

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

Mary Kincannon  

University Registrar
Texas Christian University

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

Bobby Lothringer 

University Registrar & Executive Director of Enrollment Services
Southern Methodist University

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

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

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

Session: M.1.02 - Legislative Issues Committee Panel

Victor Reyna

Director of Strategic Planning
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Session: M.2.02 - CBM Reporting Updates

Irene Robinson

Registrar
Alvin Community College

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

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

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