Texas Tech University

Staff Senate Welcomes New Officers, Senators During Transition Ceremony

K'Leigh Sims

July 7, 2016


Elizabeth Inskip-Paulk, marketing and communications coordinator for the National Wind Institute, will serve as the 2016-17 Staff Senate president.

Elizabeth Inskip-Paulk
Elizabeth Inskip-Paulk

New officers and senators were sworn into office for the 2016-17 year during Texas Tech University's Staff Senate Transition Ceremony Wednesday (July 6) at the Texas Tech Club.

Elizabeth Inskip-Paulk, marketing and communications coordinator for the National Wind Institute, was elected as this year's president, following 2015-16 president Ben Montecillo.

“I feel grateful and privileged to have been appointed as the 2016-17 Staff Senate president, and I am looking forward to working with the many constituencies on campus to maintain and improve working conditions for Texas Tech staff,” Inskip-Paulk said. “Staff Senate is the voice for all staff, and I plan to listen to what they say so Texas Tech remains one of the best employers in the region.”

Created in 1999, the Staff Senate's mission is to contribute to the welfare of the staff employees; serve as a liaison between staff, administration, faculty and students; and advise the administration in matters affecting the staff. Since its first meeting, Texas Tech's Staff Senate has created positive changes for the faculty, staff and university as a whole, including pay raises, child care for Texas Tech employees, fee and tuition waivers for one course each semester, the BRAVO! Board and more.

More than 40 faculty and staff were sworn in during the ceremony, and the scholarship recipients from the 2015-16 academic year were recognized. Senators sworn in will serve on the Staff Senate for the next three years.

Montecillo, the outgoing Staff Senate president, said it has been an honor to serve and represent the staff at Texas Tech for the 2015-16 year.

“I have had an opportunity to view the university from the widest angle possible, and I have an even deeper appreciation for all of the parts and staff that help make Texas Tech a special place,” Montecillo said. “I've learned so much from my time on Staff Senate and I'm so proud of what we have accomplished this past year. The 2015-16 senators and officers are great individuals who worked tirelessly for the betterment of Texas Tech.”

During Montecillo's presidency the Staff Senate had appointed members to numerous committees, formally endowed a scholarship for Texas Tech staff and provided resources and professional development for all staff members.

In addition to Inskip-Paulk elected as president, the following Texas Tech staff were appointed as the 2016-17 executive officers:

  • Ashlee Brown, president elect
  • Christy Rosson, secretary
  • Billy Tiongco, treasurer
  • Ben Montecillo, past president

For more information about Staff Senate, visit its website.