About Dr. James Hurley
Dr. James Hurley was unanimously appointed the 16th President of Tarleton State University in August 2019 by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Since his arrival, Tarleton has become one of the country’s fastest growing comprehensive public universities.
Under Dr. Hurley’s leadership, the university created and implemented Tarleton Forward 2030: Our Future-Focused Strategic Plan, a blueprint for becoming the premier comprehensive public university in the nation. During his time, Tarleton has elevated its academics, research, enrollment, retention rates, graduation rates, diversity, fundraising, athletics and regional engagement.
His signature initiatives include robust enrollment growth, innovative student funding models, accelerated degree completion, improved operational efficiency and collaborations with business and community stakeholders. Additionally, Dr. Hurley launched the largest-ever comprehensive capital campaign in Tarleton’s history. The university shattered that $100 million goal in 2022, two years ahead of schedule, and set a new target — $125 million — to commemorate its 125th anniversary in 2024. Tarleton topped that goal…