Higher ed board rep 'impressed' with Tarleton's strategy, partnerships

Janelle Shepard

Tarleton State University

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Janelle Shepard of Weatherford, a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, visited Tarleton Jan. 14. After meeting with campus leaders, said she felt the university was taking steps to fulfill The Texas A&M University System’s EmpowerU initiatives and was impressed with several innovative partnerships to streamline the process of transferring from two- to four-year campuses.

During her visit, Shepard met with Tarleton’s president, Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, members of the executive cabinet and faculty representatives. She also toured the campus, including the university’s nursing building and the Barry B. Thompson Student Center as well as student housing.

“I’m extremely impressed with the investment that your university leadership and others have put into the Tarleton campus, and the personal dedication and obvious pride that everyone has,” said Shepard. “Tarleton is a very attractive campus and I can see how the university is only going to skyrocket. Everyone has the right plans and, ultimately it is really good for Texas.”

After visits with university cabinet members to discuss Tarleton’s outreach efforts, its student housing master plan, and the university’s strategic enrollment management plan, Shepard said she felt Tarleton has laid the foundation to carry out the A&M System’s goals to improve graduation rates and to more effectively monitor the cost of educating students.

“I’ve heard (System Chancellor) John Sharp talk a lot lately about his goals to have the A&M System have a strong presence in every corner of the state, and Tarleton is fulfilling that really well,” said Shepard. “I’m really impressed after meeting with the deans and department heads. I appreciate their hard work and dedication to creating innovative partnerships. The McLennan Community College partnership in Waco is brilliant, and so are the others Tarleton has worked hard to develop.”

The coordinating board’s mission is to work with the Legislature, governor, governing boards and higher education institutions to help Texas meet the goals of the state’s higher education plan and provide the widest access to higher education of the highest quality.

Shepard was appointed to a six-year term on the coordinating board by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011. She serves as chair of the Committee on Academic and Workforce Success, as a member of the Agency Operations Committee, and the Task Force on Graduate Health Professions.

Shepard is a registered nurse, board certified case manager and director of medical management at the Texas Health Resources Fort Worth Hospital. She is a member of the American Case Management Association and American Nurses Credentialing Center, and a life member of the Weatherford Independent School District Parent Teacher Association. Shepard is a past member and past board secretary of the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

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