1 Introduction to the University
Tarleton will be the premier student-focused university in Texas and beyond. We will transform generations by inspiring discovery, leadership and service through exceptional teaching and research in vibrant learning communities.
Tarleton State University provides an academically challenging education where learning is grounded in real-world experiences and effective teaching, research, scholarship and service. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is rich in history and tradition while being committed to student success and diversity. Tarleton strives to develop moral and ethical thinkers, scholars, and leaders who demonstrate civility and integrity, while contribute meaningfully and responsibly to a global society.
Tarleton's strategic plan web page, which outlines our mission, vision, and core values, can be accessed at www.tarleton.edu/strategicplan
Established by a $100,000 bequest of John Tarleton, an Erath County pioneer, John Tarleton College opened in 1899 as a private preparatory school and college for the youth of the surrounding rural region. In 1917, the Texas Legislature placed the college in the state system of the Agricultural and Mechanical College, which would later become The Texas A&M University System. John Tarleton Agricultural College, as renamed by the Legislature, retained the two-year degree as well as the preparatory program and specialized in agriculture, home economics, and military training. In 1949, it was named Tarleton State College. In 1973, the Texas Legislature recognized the institution as a university and the name officially changed to Tarleton State University. To meet the needs of a changing constituency, Tarleton has continued to adjust and enrich its curriculum. Tarleton is comprised of several campuses and facilities including Stephenville, Fort Worth, and Thurber. Also, Tarleton has University Outreach Centers at McLennan Community College in Waco, Hill College in Cleburne, Navarro College in Midlothian, and Weatherford College in Weatherford.
As a comprehensive public university, Tarleton is the educational, scientific, and cultural center for the rapidly growing greater north central Texas area and provides educational programs that feature teaching excellence, faculty and student research, and student services.
The university's current Carnegie Classification is categorized as Master's Colleges and Universities (Larger Programs).
President and Chief Executive Officer
The president of Tarleton is also its chief executive officer. As chief executive officer, the president administers all aspects of Tarleton's operations. In addition to the daily activities of the university, the president provides recommendations to the chancellor and Board of Regents associated with the strategic operation of the university. To assist with the accomplishment of these duties and activities, the president has established an executive leadership cabinet. The Executive Leadership Cabinet is comprised of the following members:
- Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Vice President for Finance and Administration
- Vice President for Student Life
- Vice President for Advancement and External Relations
- Chief of Staff
Additionally, the athletics director reports to the president.
More information on the president is available on Tarleton's webpage at www.tarleton.edu/president
The provost and executive vice president for academic affairs is the chief academic officer of the university and is responsible for the operation of all academic programs and other programs and activities related to academics. The provost has three teams that are used to ensure university success:
- Academic Council Executive Team
- Dean's Council
- Provost Council
More information on the provost's office may be viewed at www.tarleton.edu/academicaffairs
The vice president for finance and administration (VPFA) is the chief financial officer of the institution. Additionally the VPFA supports the university's mission through the various departments comprising this division. Information on the division can be found at www.tarleton.edu/fadm
The vice president for student life (VPSL) is responsible for the planning, administration, and coordination of services and programs that make students' experiences at Tarleton more fulfilling personally, socially, and academically. The Division of Student Life strives to create an outstanding campus environment for learning and development by serving students' interests in every aspect of university life. The offices and programs under the administration of the VPSL can be found at www.tarleton.edu/studentlife
The vice president for advancement and external relations (VPAER) has overall administrative responsibility for the university's public information, fund raising, and alumni relations programs. This position develops support for university endowments, scholarships, unrestricted funds, and other projects. The Division of Advancement and External Relations works closely with the Tarleton Alumni Association and the Tarleton State University Foundation, Inc., and assists the president in external fundraising. Information about the Division of Advancement and External Relations is available at www.tarleton.edu/ia
The university is organized academically into the College of Graduate Studies and five undergraduate colleges and various academic departments. Each college is administered by a dean and each department by a department head. Information on the components of academic affairs can be found at the following webpages.
- Center for Instructional Innovation
- Institutional Research
- Writing Intensive Program
- Quality Enhancement Program
- University Library
- Enrollment Management
- Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives
- Honors College
- Military Science Department
- Sponsored Projects
- University Outreach Programs
Tarleton is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Colleges, departments, and programs may have additional accreditations.
More information on Tarleton's accreditations can be found at www.tarleton.edu/about/accreditations.html