Vice President for Student Affairs

December 1, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Following an extensive national search, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Cynthia L. Hernandez as our next Vice President for Student Affairs, effective January 11, 2021. 

The Vice President for Student Affairs is the senior student affairs officer at Texas State University, reporting directly to the president and serving as a trusted advisor and member of the president's cabinet. Dr. Hernandez will provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction for a comprehensive portfolio of programs, services and initiatives, including Campus Recreation, Career Services, Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Office of Disability Services, Housing and Residential Life, the LBJ Student Center, Retention Management and Planning, Student Affairs Technology Services, and Student Health Center.

Dr. Hernandez brings to Texas State a wealth of knowledge and more than 24 years of experience in student affairs. Since 2011, she has served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (2011-2015) and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (2016-present) at Texas A&M University. In these roles, she has focused on enhancing integration and collaboration initiatives with academic affairs and on communicating the impact and value of student affairs to external constituents with an emphasis on student success. Her current responsibilities include providing supervision and leadership for the Departments of Disability Services, University Art Galleries, Student Life Studies (Assessment), Information Technology, and the Division’s Marketing and Communications area. She also serves as the convener of the Special Situations Team (Threat Assessment). 

Dr. Hernandez has served as the Title IX Deputy for Students (2011-2019) and as an adjunct professor teaching higher education business and finance in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development. Before moving to the Vice President’s office, Dr. Hernandez worked in the area of new student orientation, transition, and retention programming for 12 years both at Northern Arizona University and at Texas A&M.  

Dr. Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M. 

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Hernandez to Texas State as she begins her position as Vice President for Student Affairs and in offering a sincere thank you to Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt who stepped in as interim Vice President when Dr. Joanne Smith retired in May after serving in the position since 2005.


Denise M. Trauth