2016 News Releases
Executive Director of TWU’s Hub for Women in Business steps down to pursue external opportunities, teaching
Tina Mims, Ph.D.
Texas Woman’s University announced today that Tina Mims, Ph.D., executive director of the University’s Hub for Women in Business, is stepping down from her position. Mims officially held the position since March 2016, but since last year had conducted the analysis that identified areas where the Hub could support students and women business owners.
“I want to immediately begin work on a roll-out of the ‘I’ll Take 2’ mentoring campaign,” Mims said. “This campaign aligns with my new appointment by Governor Abbott and my board role with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). The ‘I’ll Take 2’ social media campaign aims to generate 30,000 new women-owned businesses over the next two years to help achieve the Governor's initiative to make Texas No. 1 nationally for women-owned businesses. I also want to return to teaching because I miss the joy of seeing students connect with new knowledge through my active learning style.”
Mims oversaw implementation of three key initiatives for TWU's Hub, focusing on students, services for the community of women, and a research effort on women as owners and innovators. She introduced the first cohort-based scholarship program for students of any discipline to open a business through extracurricular activities, launched a faculty research grant program providing funds to faculty who focus research on women business owners and inventors, and held the first statewide “Pitch Day” for women as part of the Governor’s first Business Forum for Women held in San Antonio.
Mims helped raise awareness of TWU’s Hub’s services by identifying strategic partnerships, rallying potential donors, and positioning TWU as a practical thought leader across Texas and among relevant local, state, and national institutions and organizations.
Mims is one of three gubernatorial appointees to the state’s Small Business Advisory Task Force, serves on the Board for NAWBO-DFW, as trustee for the new North Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and advisor to the City of Irving’s Innovation Center that plans to repurpose the downtown library, making Irving a destination stop on the DART transportation line for start-up and existing business owners. NAWBO recently recognized TWU’s Hub for its exceptional contribution to women business owners in the Dallas/Ft. Worth region.
Prior to her leadership role of TWU’s Hub, Mims spent 10 years as a non-tenured faculty member teaching more than 8,000 students in the School of Management.
“We appreciate Tina’s willingness to lead TWU in creating a center for women in business—the first of its kind in Texas,” said Ron Hovis, interim senior associate provost. “She was instrumental in conducting our analysis of services available to women business owners and led the development of a variety of programs to address additional needs. She made contact with hundreds of individuals who shared her passion to see women in Texas create and lead successful businesses. We thank Tina for her work on behalf of TWU and wish her the best as she pursues the initiatives she’s outlined.”
Annie Phillips, director of education abroad, will assume interim leadership of TWU’s Hub on Jan. 1. Since joining TWU in 2007, she has worked across the University to assess and adapt support services for online students and to build a revitalized program for students who want to live and learn in another country. She is slated to graduate in May with a Ph.D. in higher education and learning technology.
A search for a new executive director for TWU’s Hub will be launched in January.
For more information about Texas Woman’s University’s Hub for Women in Business, visit http://www.twu.edu/hub/ or call 940-898-2897.