About Chancellor Feyten

Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D.
Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D.

Dr. Carine M. Feyten is chancellor and president of Texas Woman’s University, a public institution with its main campus in Denton and health science centers in Dallas and Houston. She leads the largest university in the nation focused on the education of women.  About 90 percent of the university’s nearly 15,600 students are women, with 35 percent of all students pursuing graduate degrees in TWU’s 66 master’s and doctoral programs.

Texas Woman’s employs more than 1,700 faculty and staff, runs on an annual operating budget that exceeds $250 million, and provides an annual economic impact of more than $721 million in the north Texas region.

Chancellor Feyten started the hashtag #campuswithaheart to celebrate the long appreciated but under-recognized Texas Woman’s culture of ‘a campus that cares.’ She insists on excellence in the quality of academics, facilities, services, and learning outcomes to maximize opportunities for students. In 2017 Texas Woman’s was ranked among the group of universities tied for “fifth most diverse” in the country by U.S. News and World Report.  More than half of TWU students are first-generation attendees, and half are eligible to receive Pell grants. She wants to connect directly with students and does so via regular “rolling meetings”—on bicycle—or “tea with the chancellor,” face-to-face gatherings with her Twitter followers (“Tweet-ups”), or in conjunction with other outdoor activities.

Also in 2017, Texas Woman’s updated its visual identity and created a first-ever athletics mascot, thus launching a branding initiative designed to instill a renewed sense of pride in the university’s strong past and bold future—as evidenced by a ‘sea’ of maroon and white now seen on the campuses.

Under Chancellor Feyten’s leadership, The Economist ranked Texas Woman’s 45th out of 1,275 institutions in the nation and 2nd in Texas for adding value to its graduates’ income earning potential. The Dallas Business Journal also ranked it 1st in the DFW region for its graduates’ earnings relative to the cost of attending TWU.

Her focus on health and wellbeing for all within the Texas Woman’s community, and her investment in a collaboratively built five-year strategic plan, are based on the notion of taking students from a variety of starting points and providing them a ‘whole person’ education so they will graduate and thrive as global citizens.

She has championed: more than $200 million in construction projects; new degree programs to address the needs of transfer students and local industries; improvements in the one-year retention rate, which has soared by 11.3% in five years; and greater donor giving, almost doubling annual giving and also increasing the endowment by 57%. Through a combination of public and private funds totaling more than $9 million, she has led an initiative to found the state’s only Center for Women’s Leadership in Business, Politics, and Public Policy.

Dr. Feyten currently serves on the boards of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, KERA, Texas Medical Center: Women’s Leadership Council, Texas International Education Consortium, the Denton Economic Development Board, and the Women’s College Coalition, among others, and recently was invited to join the Texas Philosophical Society.

Prior to coming to Texas Woman’s, she was dean of the College of Education, Health and Society at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. For more than 20 years, she served in various leadership positions at the University of South Florida in Tampa. An internationally recognized consultant, speaker and scholar in the field of language learning, teaching methodologies, and the integration of technology in education, Dr. Feyten has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal articles, conference papers, book chapters and books. She also has delivered keynote addresses in Portugal, Brazil, and Belgium, as well as across Texas. She also has consulted for the International Baccalaureate Organization, including locations in Wales and the Czech Republic.

Dr. Feyten holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary education focused on second language acquisition and instructional technology from the University of South Florida, an M.A. in English, Dutch and Education and a B.A. in Germanic Philology, both from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. A native of Belgium, she is fluent in five languages.

TWU students stand in the shape of a heart on the basketball court with Chancellor Feyten

Education

  • Ph.D. 1988. University of South Florida, Tampa (Interdisciplinary Education with an emphasis on Second Language Acquisition)
  • M.A. 1981. Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (English, Dutch, Education)
  • B.A. 1980. Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (Germanic Philology)

Selected Honors And Awards

  • Recipient of the Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education-Postsecondary from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (2001)
  • President of the National Network for Early Language Learning (2001-2002)
  • Member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Teaching and Learning and Tapestry Journal
  • Named Research Fellow with the Globalization Research Center at the University of South Florida, Tampa (2003-2006)
  • Recipient of the President’s Award for Faculty Excellence at the University of South Florida, Tampa (2003)

Boards

  • Dallas Regional Chamber — Board Class, 2017
  • KERA (North Texas public radio/television) — Board of Directors, 2016
  • Lone Star Conference’s Council of Presidents — Chair of the Executive Committee, 2016
  • Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors — Board Secretary/Treasurer, 2016
  • Denton Economic Development Partnership — Board, 2016
  • Texas International Education Consortium — Executive Committee, 2015
  • Texas Medical Center: Women’s Leadership Council — Board, 2015
  • Women’s College Coalition — Board of Directors,  2016

Academic Appointments

Texas Woman’s University

Since its founding in 1901, TWU has produced more than 100,000 graduates in fields vital to the growth and quality of life in Texas and has earned an outstanding reputation for scholarship, leadership and service. TWU is the nation’s largest university primarily for women and is a public university with an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students on campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. TWU offers more than 140 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the liberal arts, nursing, health sciences, business, the sciences and education.

  • Chancellor and President (July 2014 – Present)

Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
College of Education, Health and Society

Miami University has an enrollment of 17,550 students on its main campus and a total of 23,390 students over three campuses. The college of EHS includes 65 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, an enrollment close to 3,000 students (graduate and undergraduate) on the main campus, 197 faculty and a total revenue budget of $43 million, excluding external grants, gifts and endowments.

  • Dean of the College of Education, Health and Society (August 2006 – June 2014)

The University of South Florida

Established in 1956, The University of South Florida is one of the largest universities in the United States. With a budget of more than $1.5 billion, USF offers 240 degree programs to approximately 48,000 students on its four campuses.

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Education (August 2002 – July 2006)
  • Chair of the Department of Secondary Education (1999 – 2002)
  • Full Professor, Department of Secondary Education (1998 – 2006)
  • Director of the Foreign Language Education Program (1994 – 2000)
  • Coordinator of Teacher Education for the Department of Secondary Education (1993 – 1999)

Career Highlights

Miami University

  • Developing and launching a strategic plan focused on a holistic and sustainable approach to all aspects of administrative, faculty and student well-being.

  • Leading a capital campaign that has raised more than $27 million, well above its goal of $15 million.

  • Increasing enrollment and retention rates in the college, resulting in a 90 percent average retention from freshman to sophomore in the past few years.

  • Attaining a college graduation rate of 81 percent, among the highest on campus.

  • Significantly increasing external grant funding obtained by the college, including a $1.5 million grant as the principal investigator.

  • Earning recognition from the White House for the college’s commitment to service learning and community engagement.

  • Establishing strong relationships with the Ohio Governor’s Office and officials at the state level.
  • Leading multiple successful accreditation efforts.