Texas Tech University has announced a pair of hires as Matthew Gregory has been named dean of students and Kimberly Thornton has assumed the role of the director of the Center for Campus Life.
Gregory, who has worked in student affairs at the collegiate level since 1996, previously served at Louisiana State University as associate dean of students and director of Student Advocacy and Accountability.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the Texas Tech University community,” Gregory said. “From the moment I stepped foot on the beautiful Texas Tech campus, I was impressed by the commitment and pride exhibited by the students, staff and faculty I had the privilege to meet. I welcome the opportunity to attend events and meet fellow members of the university community during my tenure as the students' dean.”
Originally from Marion, Illinois, Gregory has a biological sciences degree from Southern Illinois University; a master's of arts in education, focusing on counseling and student affairs from Western Kentucky University; and a doctorate in education administration from Southern Illinois University.
Gregory said his decision to join Texas Tech was based on three major factors.
“First and foremost, the opportunity to work with such an accomplished campus community consisting of caring and committed students, staff and faculty,” he said. “Secondly, the dean of students position has been re-envisioned to be a dedicated advocate for students. This vision for the dean position at Texas Tech was a significant factor for me. Lastly, I was looking for a vibrant campus environment that is rich in tradition and embodies a sense of pride to be a student. Texas Tech exudes that type of energy and it is a good time to be at Texas Tech University.”
Thornton, who was previously the director of career services at Louisiana State University Shreveport, will oversee student involvement activities, fraternity and sorority life, the Red-to-Black financial awareness program, the Student Government Association and the spirit programs. Thornton said she was excited to be offered the position at Texas Tech, as she enjoys working with students and helping them succeed.
“Texas Tech is such a great university full of opportunity, and I am excited to be working with staff and students as the new director,” she said. “I have worked in other areas of a university, but this is the area I enjoy the most.”
Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Thornton served as the assistant director of student leadership and involvement, director of student activities, director of admissions and director of career services for LSU-Shreveport during her tenure there.
She received her bachelor's degree in mass communications from LSU-Shreveport, her master's degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University and is completing her doctorate from Louisiana Tech.
As the director of the Center for Campus Life, Thornton said she is excited to watch the students grow as she now has the opportunity to help students while they are here at Texas Tech.
Juan Muñoz, senior vice president for the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and vice provost for the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, said Gregory and Thornton are great addition to Texas Tech.
“We are thrilled to have two new student affairs professionals of this caliber join the Texas Tech family,” Muñoz said. “Two strong search committees were assembled and a national search was conducted for each position, and we were fortunate enough to attract the attention of two rising stars within student affairs and student services in higher education. I look forward to great things from Dr. Gregory and Ms. Thornton as they help Texas Tech achieve greater levels of student success.”