New WT Vice President for Student Affairs Hired, Assumes Role Dec. 1

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CANYON, Texas — A Texas native with a deep passion for regional universities will be West Texas A&M University’s new vice president for student affairs.

Dr. Christopher Thomas, currently vice president for student affairs at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, will begin his new duties at WT on Dec. 1.

Thomas joins the WT administration in a new role following the elevation of enrollment management to the vice-presidential level. Mike Knox was named vice president for enrollment management Aug. 1 and assumed that role full time Oct. 3. Amber Black, assistant vice president for student enrollment, engagement and success, is serving as interim vice president for student affairs until Thomas’ arrival.

“Establishing this position confirms our commitment to enrolling and retaining students,” WT President Walter V. Wendler said. “Our top priority is serving the students of the Texas Panhandle, and Dr. Thomas is qualified for this role and understands the vision to serve the region. Coupled with that vision for regional distinctiveness is the concept of going further and working hard to make WT attractive to students for its commitment and values to people from afar—from the Panhandle to the world.”

Thomas will oversee all areas of student affairs, ranging from student support and engagement functions to campus life and leadership programs.

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