Business Office


As part of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Business Office provides business and human resource support for departments and coordinates a number of administrative resources within the Division. The office also manages the annual budget process for the Division.  The office serves as a liaison between the Division of Student Affairs and all financial entities across the University.

Meet the Staff

Ms. Cari Tawney

Business Manager

Cari is responsible for managing a full range of business activities for the Centralized Business Office in the Division of Student Affairs. She oversees the Division’s budget process and human resources workflow through the Vice President’s Office. In addition, she sits on the Committee of Senior Business Officers, the Budget Improvement Team, and the Accounts Payable Process Improvement Team.

Cari joined the Office of the Vice President in November 2013. Prior to joining the team, she worked in the Office for the Dean of Liberal Arts for 10 years. Cari received B.B.A in Accounting from Texas A&M in 1995.

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Ms. Loretta Foster

Business Administrator I

Loretta assists with business functions and decisions for many of the smaller departments within the Division. She also serves as a Human Resource Liaison for several departments as well as for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Loretta has worked in the business office as part of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs since July 2015 and has 10 years of service with Texas A&M University.

Additionally, Loretta also serves as Chair for the Donor Relations Committee as part of the Board of Directors for the Memorial Student Center OPAS. She is also a member of the American Business Women’s Association (Leading Women Express Network chapter) and assists with the Texas A&M student chapter. Loretta received a B.B.A in Accounting from Texas A&M University.

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Ms. Mary E. Gutierrez

Business Coordinator I

Mary serves as the business coordinator I and Human Resource Liaison for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and provides assistance to the departments of University Art Galleries, Becky Gates Children’s Center, and Veterans Resource & Support Center.

Before joining the Division in November 2015, Mary served as the Administrative Coordinator to the Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs for the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston from December 2014 through October 2015.  Mary worked for Texas A&M University Agriculture Department as a Financial Specialist in the Cash Management Department from June 2013 through December 2014.

Mary Gutierrez received her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, TX.

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Ms. Shannon Wiley

Business Coordinator I

Shannon oversees the business operations of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs along with the department of Disability Services. She processes travel, accounts payable, payroll, and reconciliations.

Shannon has been at Texas A&M University for 10 years.

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