Office of the VP for Academic Affairs
Welcome to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The VPAA is the university’s chief academic officer, reports directly to TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey and serves as a member of the senior leadership team on the President’s Cabinet.
The VPAA provides leadership for the faculty and guidance over academic programs and curriculum. She also works closely with faculty committees, oversees faculty appointments and works closely with the faculty on new initiatives to ensure academic excellence and growth. She also supervises the Office of Registration and Records, the Jon & Sandra Moline Center for Servant Leadership, Information Technology, International Education and Library Services. The VPAA’s primary responsibility is ensuring the quality of TLU’s academic programs, recruiting and hiring outstanding faculty members and guiding the university toward its mission to serve as a community of faith and learning.
Dr. Debbie Cottrell, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Debbie Cottrell, TLU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, joined TLU on July 9, 2012. As former provost at William Peace University in Raleigh, N.C., Dr. Cottrell has a wide range of experiences as a professor, author and academic administrator.
A native Texan and Baylor University graduate, Dr. Cottrell is not only familiar with TLU, but she also knows what it means to be an academic leader at a small, liberal-arts based college. In addition to her experience as provost, Dr. Cottrell served as associate dean and director of graduate programs at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Prior to her role at Smith, she was a professor of history and assistant dean of the faculty at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo.
Dr. Cottrell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin.