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Dr. Monica Mendez-Grant, Interim Vice President of Student Life


Dr. Mendez-Grant holds a doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration, a masters degree in Counseling, and a bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of North Texas. She has over 20 years experience in various areas of Student Life including Student Access and Success, Student Development, Orientation, Judicial Affairs, and Auxiliary Services. Dr. Mendez-Grant has three main research interests:  (1) first-generation college students and best practices for retention  (2) increasing the college-going rate of first generation high-school students,  particularly Hispanic students and (3) developing best practices in at-risk high schools which will increase the college-going rate of first generation high-school students,  particularly Hispanic students.  Dr. Mendez-Grant through various partnerships within Student Life actively seeks funds to support outreach efforts within the Dallas and Fort Worth communities.  Dr. Mendez-Grant enjoys time with her family, her many animals, and her horses.  She is originally from San Antonio, Texas.


Dr. Heather Speed, Associate Vice President of Student Services

Dr. Heather

Dr. Heather Speed holds a Doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration and a Master’s degree in History from the University of North Texas and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University.  She has over 15 years of Student Affairs experience including student development, student leadership, New Student Orientation and Student Code of Conduct.  Dr. Speed's main research interest is on first-year Hispanic students particularly female.


Lisa Quinones, Executive Assistant to the Vice President

Lisa Quinones

Lisa Valle, Assistant to the Dean of Students


Lisa Valle graduated from Texas Woman's University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She joined Student Life in 2008, assisting the Dean of Students with the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary process for Academic Dishonesty Hearings.  Lisa enjoys cooking and hosting family events.  Her hometown is El Paso, Texas.

Cory Green, Senior Administrative Assistant


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