Search Committee Members
Rodney Baker is a twenty-five-year veteran of the United States Navy. He currently serves as TCU Manager of Facility Services and has been a staff member since 2004. He received his Undergraduate degree in Industrial Technology from Roger Williams University and a Master’s in Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University. Rodney is currently working with the University’s Human Resources department to develop a Service Excellence & Performance (SEP) program for staff members that will incorporate several current programs including ESL, GED, and Basic Computer skills to ensure all of our employees have the skills to meet the demands of a technology dependent work environment.
Rachelle V. Blackwell serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at Texas Christian University (TCU), overseeing Compensation, Talent Acquisition, Benefits, and HRIS. Rachelle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Southern University and A&M College and her Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Texas. Rachelle is also currently a doctoral student attending Virginia Commonwealth University pursing an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR, SHRM-CP). As a part of her volunteer efforts, Rachelle currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Boys and Girls Club of Tarrant County and the Tarrant County Cultural Education Facilities Corporation.
Rev. Todd Boling
Originally from Western Kentucky, Rev. Todd Boling is an ordained Baptist minister affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He graduated from Campbellsville University with a degree in Religious Education and the McAfee School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree. Between degrees, he worked in campus ministry at Georgia Southern University and later served as the University Chaplain at Mars Hill University. In addition to his background in college work, Todd has also served in hospital chaplaincy, having completed his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Residency at the Atlanta Medical Center and working as a CPE Supervisor In Training at the esteemed Cleveland Clinic. Todd came to serve as a chaplain at TCU in 2011 and feels proud to call himself a Horned Frog.
Janine joined Chancellor Victor J. Boschini’s office team as an Executive Assistant in 2017. She works closely with the General Counsel and Chief University Compliance Officer. Janine is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and Higher Education Legal Managers (HELM). Janine received her BA in Psychology from Kent State University in Ohio. Prior to joining TCU, she served as a paralegal/office manager in a private practice legal office setting.
Leslie Ekpe ’22
Leslie Ekpe is currently a second year Ph.D. student at Texas Christian University in Higher Educational Leadership. Ekpe is an alumna of Alabama A&M University where she earned her B.S. in Management and the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she obtained her M.A. in Communication Management. She also holds an M.B.A. from Sam Houston State University. Her research seeks to promote access for marginalized students in education, with a specific focus on college access policies and racial politics in education.
Dr. Frank Hernandez
Frank Hernandez serves as Dean of the College of Education at TCU. Dr. Hernandez’ research work has focused on four areas of inquiry: Latinos and school leadership, Latino racial identity development, inclusive leadership for LGBTQ students, and leadership for social justice. He has published extensively on Latino leadership, including two books: Abriendo Puertas, Cerrando Heridas (Opening Doors, Closing Wounds): Latinas/os Finding Work-Life Balance in Academia (With Elizabeth Murakami and Gloria Rodriguez) and Brown-Eyed Leaders of the Sun: A Portrait of Latina/o Educational Leaders (with Elizabeth Murakami). Dr. Hernandez is a founding member of Deans for Impact, an organization focused on transforming educator preparation and elevating the teaching profession. Dr. Hernandez is a graduate of the 2016 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, an initiative that draws upon the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. Dr. Hernandez received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mikea K. Jackson is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Strategic Communication with a minor in African American and Africana Studies on the Pre-Law track. She is from El Dorado, Ark but was raised in Texas and claims Euless, TX as her hometown as well. She has served as the 2019-2020 Vice President of the Black Student Association, currently serves as the 2020-2021 President for the Black Student Association, Vice President of the Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 2020-2021 SGA Director of DEI, Cultural Connector, and is a member of the TCU NAACP and the Chancellor’s Leadership Program. In addition, she is the co-founder of the Coalition for University Justice and Equity, (CUJE) and sits on the committee for the building of the TCU Intercultural Center.
Dr. Zoranna Jones ’98, ’07
Zoranna Jones, Ph.D. is currently the assistant dean of student success and community engagement for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and is the founding director of the TCU STEM Scholar program. She serves as a core member and adjunct faculty for the departments of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and Women and Gender Studies. Jones is an alumnus of TCU earning both a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Master’s degree in Communication in Human Relations and is the current president of the TCU Black Alumni Alliance. She earned her Ph.D. in Public and Urban Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Dr. Carmen Kynard
Carmen Kynard is the Lillian Radford Chair in Rhetoric and Composition and Professor of English. Before coming to Texas Christian University in 2019, she worked in English and Gender Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as English, Urban Education, and Critical Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has taught with the New York City public schools/Coalition of Essential Schools, served as a writing program administrator, worked as a teacher educator, and led numerous professional development projects on language, literacy, and learning. Her award-wining research, teaching, and scholarship interrogate anti-racism, Black feminisms, AfroDigital/African American cultures and languages, and the politics of schooling.
Dr. Scott Langston
Dr. Scott M. Langston is Texas Christian University’s Native American Nations and Communities Liaison and an Instructor in Religion, having taught there for nearly twenty years. He works extensively with Native American nations and communities, as well as writes and researches in the fields of southern Jewish history and the reception history of the Bible. He is an ambassador for American Indian Heritage Day in Texas, a Dallas-based American Indian group devoted to education and activism, as well as a member of MMIW Texas Rematriate, a Dallas-based Native American group devoted to raising awareness and taking action to address the crisis surrounding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People. Langston is also a past president of the Southern Jewish Historical Society, past board member of the Texas Jewish Historical Society, and the current editor for the Primary Sources section of the academic journal, Southern Jewish History. In 2017, the Southern Jewish Historical Society awarded him the Samuel Proctor Award for Outstanding Career Scholarship in Southern Jewish History. At TCU, he is helping develop mutually beneficial relationships between the university and Native American nations and peoples, while also creating on-campus educational opportunities to raise awareness and respect.
Cynthia Montes ’05, ’11
Cynthia Montes is the Director of the Student Support Services (SSS) and SSS STEM/Health Science programs at Texas Christian University where she assists first-generation, lesser income students and students with disabilities on their path to graduation. Cynthia has been with TCU for 13 years and most recently coordinated efforts that resulted in bringing an additional SSS program to the university focused on supporting underrepresented students majoring in STEM and Health Science fields. Cynthia is also a PhD Candidate in the Counseling and Counselor Education Program at TCU where she is exploring first-generation college students and financial counseling. Giving back to her community has remained a passion of Cynthia’s and she does so by staying involved in organizations that empower others to strive for more such as, Hispanic Debutante Association of Fort Worth and the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas. “We have a social and moral responsibility to do work beyond our own self-interest- if this were our guiding mantra, imagine what a better world it would be.” –Cynthia Montes
Dr. Trung Nguyen
Trung Nguyen, Ed.D. serves as the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. In his role, he works with leaders in Gender Resources Office, Inclusiveness & Intercultural Services, International Services, Quality Enhancement, and Veteran Services to promote a more inclusive campus environment for all students. He joined TCU in 2012 and has served as the Assistant Director of FYE working with Frog Camp, Director of FYE, and Assistant Dean in Student Development Services. Prior to TCU, Nguyen worked to create first-year student success programs at three private universities and a community college located in New York and Rhode Island. He is also a current member of the New Leadership Academy Fellows program and Leadership ISD. Nguyen is a first-generation college student and earned his B.A. in Public Justice from SUNY Oswego, M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Texas Christian University.
Andrea joined Chancellor Victor J. Boschini’s office team as Chief University Compliance Officer in October 2014, after serving in the Department of Athletics since her arrival at TCU in 2007. She assists the University compliance officers in development of policies, procedures, protocols, internal controls, and training programs supporting a comprehensive and strategic compliance program throughout the University. In addition, she works closely with members of the Risk Management Assessment Group, reviewing the University’s identified significant risks, coordinating the identification of new, emerging risks through periodic and ongoing risk assessments and exploring new ways to address the mitigating and monitoring strategies associated with each of the identified risks the University is facing. Andrea is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and has attained a CCEP certification. Additionally, she has been a member of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC), having served as a member of the NAAC Thought Leaders group, aimed at shaping national policy initiatives and playing a role in the future legislative landscape within intercollegiate athletics. Andrea earned both of her degrees from Bowling Green State University—Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance and Master of Business Administration.
Dr. Claire Sanders
Dr. Sanders is a Senior Instructor in the Department of History at Texas Christian University (TCU). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College with a major in French Studies, a J.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and passed the bar in North Carolina. Her other advanced degrees, also from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, are an M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern European History with an emphasis in the history of modern France. Dr. Sanders joined the TCU faculty in the fall of 1998. She teaches courses in European history, the history of women in Europe, and the history of France. She has played an important role in advancing DEI efforts at TCU, and is in her second year serving as the Provost Faculty Fellow and Academic Affairs DEI Advocate. Dr. Sanders helped lead the effort to amend the TCU Core Curriculum to include a DEI Essential Competency requirement. She was a member of the working group that fostered the creation of the Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) department, at TCU and is a founding, and outgoing, co-director for the African American and Africana Studies minor. In 2017 Dr. Sanders won the Inclusiveness & Intercultural Services Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award, and in 2019 the Inclusiveness & Intercultural Services Faculty/Staff Legacy Award.
Lee Tyner was named the inaugural General Counsel at Texas Christian University in April, 2018. Before coming to TCU, Lee was an attorney at the University of Mississippi for almost twenty years, serving as General Counsel from 2003-2018. During his career in higher education, Lee has taught courses in Higher Education Law, Business Law, and Communications Law. Lee is a national leader among higher education lawyers, serving two terms on the Board of Directors and as the chief elected officer for the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Lee regularly speaks on a wide range of topics, most frequently in the areas of free expression, diversity and access, student affairs, and intercollegiate athletics. Lee received his B.A. from the University of Mississippi and his J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Ike Ukaegbu serves as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance at Texas Christian University (TCU) and is also the Sport Administrator for the Swimming & Diving and Rifle Programs. He oversees all areas of TCU’s comprehensive athletics compliance operations for the department’s 21 sport programs and is also a member of the Athletic Director’s Executive Team. Ike is one of 20 individuals currently participating in the 2020-21 NCAA Pathway Program which prepares senior-level athletic administrators to attain positions as directors of athletics or conference commissioners. He arrived at TCU in May 2014 after serving as the Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student Services at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for one year. While at VCU, Ike oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Athletics Compliance Office and served as Sport Administrator for the Women’s Soccer program. Prior to VCU, Ike held full-time compliance positions at Boise State, Cal State Fullerton and American University and also completed an internship in the Athletics Compliance Office at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Overall, he has worked in athletics compliance for 14 years. In August 2020, Ike was selected as the TCU Chancellor’s Staff Award recipient, which recognizes a staff member noted for exemplary service and above and beyond contributions to the welfare of the campus community. Ike earned a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Pre-Law from the University of Arizona in 2007 and a Master’s of Science in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University (Miami, Florida) in 2008.
Tracy Williams ’04, ’08
Tracy Reneé Williams is the Vice President of Learning and Development/Head of Valence Bonds for Valence Community, where she is leading the design and launch of a membership-based peer community that helps Black professionals realize their full potential as business and cultural leaders. Tracy recently began a three-year tenure (2020-2023) as President of the Texas Christian University (TCU) National Alumni Association and ex-officio member of the TCU Board of Trustees. Tracy also serves on the Tarrant/Parker Leadership Impact Council for Texas Health Resources. Tracy is a dual-degree alumna of TCU where she studied in the Schieffer College of Communication.