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Meet our VPSA staff


The Mission of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is accomplished by:

  • Providing administrative services, financial support, and human resources for the fulfillment of Division and Department goals.
  • Working with the departments in creating environments that help students grow, develop, and learn, and that enhance the quality of their lives.
  • Promoting collaboration by encouraging and coordinating efforts that affect the entire Division, such as strategic planning, budgeting, diversity and community development, research, assessment, public relations, fund raising, and technology.
  • Supporting the values, mission, and policies of Texas A&M University.
  • Providing leadership in building alliances within the Texas A&M University community and between the University and its various stakeholders.





Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Daniel J. Pugh, Sr.


Dr. Pugh earned a B.S. in communications and an M.S. in college student personnel from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His Ph.D. was awarded from the University of Georgia’s institute of Higher Education. Prior to his arrival at Texas A&M, Dr. Pugh served as the vice provost for student affairs at the University of Arkansas. He also held appointment as an associate professor of higher education in the College of Education and Health Professions’ Higher Education Leadership Program. Preceding administrative appointments include associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Arkansas, and associate vice president and dean of students at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Pugh has held several leadership positions in professional associations such as the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) James E. Scott Leadership Academy and the executive committee for the Council of Student Affairs In the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU). Dr. Pugh is also actively engaged with many additional national student affairs associations. 


Dr. Pugh can be reached by e-mail at

Dr. Pugh's assistant, Cindy Smith can be reached by e-mail at

Executive Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff

Dr. Dave Parrott


Dr. Parrott earned a doctorate in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Louisville.  He also holds an M.A in College Student Personnel and a B.S. in Business Management from Western Kentucky University.  Prior to his arrival at Texas A&M, Dr. Parrott was the Associate Dean of Students and later the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Western Michigan University.  In addition to teaching Higher Education Law at Texas A&M, he is on the faculties of the Gehring Academy, the national training academy for student conduct officials, and the Student Organization Institute, which provides training for those who supervise or train advisors for student organizations.  He was a 2007 Fish Camp Namesake. 


Dr. Dave Parrott can be reached by e-mail at

Dr. Parrott's assistant, Cindy Smith can be reached by e-mail at


 Tom Reber

Associate Vice President

Mr. Tom Reber


Originally from Rochester, New York, Tom has just finished serving as Texas A&M’s Interim Vice President for Student Affairs from May 2014 through July 2015. Tom returns to his position as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. As Associate Vice President, he leads the Division budget review and resource allocation processes ($105 million for FY16) and provides administrative supervision for the departments of Recreational Sports, University Art Collections, the Becky Gates Children’s Center, University Center & Special Events, and Music Activities. Tom oversaw the renovation of the Memorial Student Center, completed in 2012, and the Golf Course renovation project in 2013. He received his Masters of Science in Physical Education from Western Illinois University (1982), his bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication with a minor in Public Relations and a New York State Coaching Certificate, from the State University of New York at Geneseo (1981). Tom joined the Vice President’s Office in February of 2004. Prior to that he served for 22 years in the Department of Recreational Sports. He has received The Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Administrators (2013). Tom and his wife, Dr. Anne Reber ’91, Texas A&M’s Dean of Student Life, have two children, Chelsea ’10 and Will. In his leisure time, Tom enjoys keeping statistics at A&M football and basketball games.


Mr. Tom Reber can be reached by e-mail at

Mr. Reber's assistant, Stacy Wright, can be reached by e-mail at


C.J. Woods, Assistant Vice President

Associate Vice President

Dr. C. J. Woods


Dr. C.J. Woods received a B.S. in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master's in counseling and student development from George Mason University, and a doctorate higher education administration from the University of Louisville. He previously served as Texas A&M's Director of the Department of Multicultural Services since 2006, and has more than 11 years experience as a department head in higher education and student affairs.  He was selected as a Fish Camp Namesake during his second year at Texas A&M and has been instrumental in developing the Community of Respect program presented at New Student Orientation, the A&M Collective, the CLUES learning community, and a number of other highly successful diversity initiatives.  Prior to coming to Texas A&M C.J. served as Director of Diversity Programs and Coordinator of Judicial Affairs at Western Kentucky University.



Dr. C.J. Woods can be reached by e-mail at

Dr. Woods's assistant, Stacy Wright, can be reached by email at


Cynthia Hernandez, Special Assistant to the Vice President

Associate Vice President

Dr. Cynthia L. Hernandez


Dr. Cynthia L. Hernandez earned a bachelor's degree in Animal Science, a master’s degree in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Student Affairs, and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University.  She has over 18 years of experience in higher education and student affairs. Prior to returning to Texas A&M, Dr. Hernandez served as the Coordinator of Orientation, Transition, and Retention Services at Northern Arizona Univesity.  In addition to her areas of supervision, she currently serves as the convenor of the Special Situations Team and the Title IX Deputy for efforts out of the Division of Student Affairs.  She has received The Association of Former Students and Division of Student Affairs Professional Staff Award and was selected as a Fish Camp Namesake in 2002.  Dr. Hernandez is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Association of Student Conduct Administrators, and the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), where she held the position of President. 



Dr. Cynthia Hernandez can be reached by E-mail at

Dr. Hernandez's assistant, Stacy Wright, can be reached by e-mail at




Assistant to the Vice President

Ms. Cindy Smith


Cindy Smith is the Assistant to the Vice President in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.  She also supports the Executive Associate Vice President/Chief of Staff.  She worked in the Office of the Registrar before transferring to Student Affairs in the summer of 2013.  Cindy has earned a B.S. in Geology from Texas A&M University in 1983.


Cindy Smith can be reached by E-mail at