On Aug.1 Tarleton State University welcomed Dr. ShaRhonda Maclin as the new assistant vice president of the Division of Student Life. Maclin said she was drawn to Tarleton by its traditions (that she’s very excited to see and experience) and the need to want to grow professionally. Maclin left McPherson College in Kansas after 10 years to join the Tarleton family in Stephenville.
Maclin has 16 years of experience in education. She joined the faculty at McPherson in the curriculum and instruction department as an assistant professor for the 2007-2008 school year. She has served as an assistant professor of education for six years and has worked as an admissions/financial aid counselor. She also taught fourth and fifth grade in Oklahoma City, OK from 2000-2004 and helped open a KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) school in Indianapolis.
Maclin said one of her role models is her mother, who was also an educator. Maclin said she feels that she would be able to fulfill and continue her mother’s work by being involved in education. Maclin’s grandmother, who has been her foundation in life, is also one of her role models along with Oprah Winfrey.
“She kind of has shared her life story in the public eye,” Maclin said about Oprah. “She’s had bad times and good times, and that’s kind of where I feel I am in my life or where I’m going.”
Maclin’s responsibilities in student life include “student publications” (the Grassburr and JTAC News), rodeo, student assessment and any student life marketing.
Maclin said her goal with “student publications” is to build a culture where student life feels like they are student affairs professionals. She also said that she wants to work with the staff to help them have a more cohesive voice with student life.
“You might have rec-sports and student engagement who have their own publications but if we’re talking about general student involvement, all of those things kind of work together,” Maclin said.
With rodeo, Maclin said she wants to continue the success both inside and outside of the arena. She said she wants to make sure that both the men and women rodeo teams are doing well in classes, along with rodeo.
“My passion about student life would be that you can make an impact in lives in such a different way than just in the classroom,” Maclin said.