Tarleton State Voted ”Best Place to Work”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 31, 2017
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State University is the “Best Place to Work” in Erath County, according to readers’ of the Stephenville Empire-Tribune newspaper who cast ballots in the 2017 Best of Erath County Reader’s Choice contest.
The Empire-Tribune publically announced winners this summer.
“Tarleton is honored to be selected ‘Best Place to Work’ in Erath County,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio, “and it is particularly fitting as we continue our centennial celebration as founding member of The Texas A&M University System. Working together, our faculty and staff provide the high-quality education and overall university experience that our students deserve.
“Whether college dean, groundskeeper or student worker, every employee is a valuable asset to the university,” he said. “It is their passion, dedication and commitment to proving exemplary service that make Tarleton a truly great place to work.”
Tarleton is the largest employer in Erath County, with more than 600 faculty and 650 staff members assisted by 1,400 graduate assistants and part-time student workers to serve an enrollment of 13,000, including students located at centers in Fort Worth, Waco and Midlothian. Students come from 220 Texas counties, 49 states and 27 countries.
With a fiscal year 2017 operating budget of approximately $200 million, Tarleton provides an annual economic impact of more than half a billion dollars to the region—equivalent to 8,393 new jobs—according to Economic Modeling Specialists International (ESMI).
This year, Tarleton observes a yearlong centennial celebration as founding member of The Texas A&M University System with events planned throughout 2017. Thanks to that partnership—approved by the Texas Legislature on Feb. 20, 1917—Tarleton offers the value of an A&M degree with its own brand of personal attention, individual opportunities, history, tradition and community.
Tarleton is made up of six academic colleges—Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Health Sciences & Human Services, Liberal & Fine Arts, and Science & Technology—and a College of Graduate Studies that together offer nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as a doctorate in education.
In addition to the “Best Place to Work” award, Tarleton is proud to have Stephenville Mayor and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Kenny Weldon named 2017 Empire-Tribune Reader’s Choice “Person of the Year.” Weldon is commandant of Tarleton’s Texan Corps of Cadets, leading efforts to revive the group and helping to establish the John Tarleton Leadership Academy. Weldon served the Air Force for 26 years as a civil engineer officer.
“It is an incredibly humbling honor to be selected for this award…there are so many deserving folks that live in this great community,” Weldon said. “This past year I’ve had the privilege to serve alongside so many wonderful people, and I’m constantly reminded that we are blessed to live in such a generous town, where hard work and a giving heart still matter.”
Tarleton, celebrating 100 years as founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. As a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) with campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, leadership, excellence and service.
Contact: Kurt Mogonye