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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.





Tom Reber

Interim Vice President

Mr. Tom Reber


Tom Reber earned a bachelor's degree in speech communication with a minor in public relations from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master of Science degree in physical education from Western Illinois University. In addition to his duties as Interim Vice President, Mr. Reber leads the budget review and resource allocation processes ($100 million for FY13), and represents the Division on University-wide financial and human resource strategies.   In addition, he establishes procedures and provides accounting oversight for Division operations and administers the business activities within the Office of the Vice President.  He was selected as 1995 Fish Camp Namesake.  


Tom Reber can be reached by e-mail at

His 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

Mr. Reber is currently serving as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs.


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

Assistant 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, Cindy Smith, 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