Trinity sociologist, student success advocate will serve as University's chief student life officer
by Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75
Sheryl Tynes, professor of sociology and associate vice president for Academic Affairs, has been appointed as Vice President for Student Life at Trinity University effective June 1, 2016. Tynes will serve as the University's chief administrative officer for all areas of student success, including academic support, counseling, health services, residential life, student accessibility services, and student involvement.
"Dr. Tynes is a strong advocate for students and fully devoted to their success. Her leadership qualities, institutional knowledge, and ability to integrate student life, academics, and student services are valuable assets to Trinity," said Danny Anderson, president of Trinity University.
Tynes' current administrative responsibilities include, among others: the Academic Honor Code, Academic Honors Programs, "Allies" program to support first-generation and Pell-eligible students, curricular initiatives, academic advising, first-year experience, parent liaison for academic issues, student behavioral assessment team, and the Student Success Center. In this role, Tynes has been the individual chiefly responsible for academic policies related to student life and serves as a bridge for curricular/co-curricular goals within the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan. The ten-year strategic plan calls for the creation of new collaborations and connections that link academic affairs and student affairs to maximize the educational and personal benefits of a residential liberal arts university.
Tynes joined the Trinity faculty in 1988. Her research publications focus on childhood and youth, Social Security, and organizations. She teaches a section of Trinity's First-Year Experience class, as well as a variety of sociology classes.
Sharon Jones Schweitzer is assistant vice president for External Relations. You can follow her @sjschweitzer.