Vice President for Institutional Inclusive Excellence

April 4, 2022

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,  

Following an extensive national search, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Mary Jane (Gigi) S. Secuban as our inaugural Vice President for Institutional Inclusive Excellence, beginning in mid-June 2022.

The Vice President for Institutional Inclusive Excellence will guide and coordinate diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) efforts that result in a truly inclusive and equitable environment, where Bobcats of all backgrounds and identities feel safe and valued, can learn and grow, and achieve their fullest potential. The VPIIE will report to the president and serve as a trusted advisor and member of the president's cabinet.

Dr. Secuban brings to Texas State University a wealth of knowledge, more than 20 years of experience in higher education, and a strong commitment to enriching teaching, learning, and student success and transformation through inclusive excellence. Since 2018, she has served as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Ohio University. Between 2012 and 2018, she served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In these roles, she has been responsible for DEIA efforts, providing educational opportunities for students, faculty, and staff around the various dimensions of diversity and intersections of identities, overseeing cultural and resource centers, creating and promoting an inclusive excellence strategic plan with university partners, fundraising to support DEIA, elevating DEIA through a branding campaign, and assessing the campus climate.

Dr. Secuban also served 15 years at the University of Arkansas in various capacities, including Senior Associate Director for the Freshman Engineering Program, Director of the Multicultural Institute, and Director of Student Affairs and Diversity Services in the College of Education.

Dr. Secuban earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Science in Health Science/Community Health, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Secuban is a 28-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is a charter member of the Phi Alpha Omega chapter in Northwest Arkansas and recently part of the Epsilon Epsilon Omega chapter in Central Illinois.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Secuban to Texas State as she begins her position as Vice President for Institutional Inclusive Excellence and in offering a sincere thank you to Dr. Stella Silva who stepped in as interim Chief Diversity Officer.

Denise M. Trauth