Dr. Terisa Riley is a veteran administrator in higher education whose 25+ year career has spanned diverse administrative areas and teaching responsibilities. Riley currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Administration at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK), where she has served as the institution's chief student affairs officer, chief financial officer, chief administrator, and chief enrollment management officer. Dr. Riley has collaborated with campus leaders and stakeholders to prepare and implement strategic plans which have led to double digit increases in enrollment, retention, and graduation rates as well as ten-year unconditional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Under her leadership as CFO, the university enjoyed a $30 million increase in reserve funding, and she has supervised $250 million in new construction and capital investments while realizing a $500,000/year utility savings through sustainable practices. Dr. Riley has managed a university-wide budget of $165 million and supervised more than 300 employees in areas of enrollment management, finance, administration, and student affairs.
Dr. Riley is an advocate of student access, opportunity, and success and values the mission of public universities to provide excellent and affordable educational opportunities. Riley is highly committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive campus environment, and has experience in successfully recruiting and retaining employees and students who identify as traditionally under represented in higher education. Riley is equally committed to serving her community where she has served as the president of the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, vice chair of the Hotel Tax Advisory Committee for the City of Kingsville, Santa Gertrudis Independent School District Foundation Board, and participates on City and County master planning committees and the Economic Development Council strategic planning committee.
Riley earned her bachelor's degree in communication and master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her doctoral degree from Saint Louis University in higher education administration and research methodology. Dr. Riley also is a graduate of the National Police Institute and the Governor’s Executive Development Program at the University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Riley has served as assistant professor at Saint Louis University and the University of South Dakota teaching courses in higher education administration, law, and research methods, and her research interest areas are campus safety, student success, and women’s leadership development.