STEPHENVILLE (September 20, 2018) — Dr. Kelli C. Styron has been appointed interim vice president of Tarleton State University’s Division of Student Affairs. Now dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, she begins her new duties Jan. 1, 2019.
The current vice president of student affairs, Dr. Mike Leese, has agreed to serve part-time for the spring semester as assistant to the interim vice president to help with the transition.
A native of De Leon, Texas, Dr. Styron started her Tarleton career in 1995 and has worked closely with the Division of Student Affairs. She has served the Institutional Advancement and Enrollment Management divisions, led the social work, sociology and criminal justice department, and chaired the university’s compliance committee for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. She was named dean in 2011.
“Dr. Styron believes in the exceptional education we offer at Tarleton as well as the thoughtful, creative approach we take in the classroom and in the overall student experience,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio. “From her days as one of our first faculty mentors, she has been student-focused from an academic and extracurricular perspective.”
As interim vice president of the Division of Student Affairs, Styron will be responsible for residence life, student involvement, tradition and spirit, health services, student counseling, student publications, campus recreation, academic support initiatives, diversity and inclusion, student marketing and communications, campus life, leadership development and community services, Greek Life, rodeo, university police and parking, judicial affairs, student services, facilities and special events, and student affairs development and outreach.
“I am very honored and humbled to be asked to serve in this role at the university I love and where I have worked for 23 years,” Styron said. “Tarleton State University is an inspiring place to interact with students, faculty and staff who care deeply about education.
“We offer a student experience second to none, from rigorous academics to balanced co-curricular programs. I believe in what we are doing, and I am excited to lead a division that serves an array of student needs with integrity and extraordinary professionalism.”
Styron holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and doctor of jurisprudence from Baylor University.
In addition to her administrative duties, she teaches in the Department of Criminal Justice. She received Tarleton’s O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.
Styron and her husband, Kent — director of Tarleton’s risk management and compliance department — are active in the Stephenville community. They have two children, Karsen and Kyle.
For more information on Tarleton State University’s Division of Student Affairs, visit www.tarleton.edu/StudentAffairs.