Office of the Senior Vice President and Vice Provost

Office of the Senior Vice President & Vice Provost Staff

Juan S. Muñoz, Ph.D.

Juan S. Muñoz, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President & Vice Provost

Dr. Muñoz is the Senior Vice President for Institutional Diversity Equity, and Community Engagement and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs. As the Senior Vice President and Vice Provost, Dr. Muñoz serves on the President's Administrative Council, Provost's Staff, Dean's Council, Academic Council, Strategic Planning Council, Strategic Enrollment Planning Council, and is the Chair of the Texas Tech University System's Outreach and Engagement System Priority.more »

Dahlia Guerra-Ortiz

Dahlia Guerra-Ortiz

Executive Administrative Associate

Dahlia Guerra-Ortiz serves as the Executive Administrative Associate to the Senior Vice President and Vice Provost. In her role, she provides support to the Senior Vice President and Vice Provost. Dahlia has been employed at Texas Tech University since 1993, working in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, the Department of Financial Affairs & Comptroller, and the Office of the President prior to transferring to the Senior Vice President's and Vice Provost's office in the fall of 2009.more »

David Abercia

David Abercia

Executive Associate

David serves in a chief of staff capacity for the Senior Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs. David reports directly to the Senior Vice President and Vice Provost and serves as a liaison between the other members of his leadership team. In addition, David is responsible for the operations of the Senior Vice President and Vice Provost's office. He also manages the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) for the system administration and university.more »

Paul Ruiz

Paul Ruiz

Senior Administrator

Paul S. Ruiz is a graduate of Texas Tech University and Stanford Law School. Employed as an attorney in Austin, Texas, Paul came to Tech in February 2010 after 21 years of practicing law. Paul's practice included representing electric utility companies before the Public Utility Commission of Texas, representing gas utilities before the Texas Railroad Commission, helping clients with lobbying and political action committee registration and reporting to the Texas Ethics Commission, and monitoring legislation and regulatory activities at the Texas Legislature. At the law firm, Paul was Chair of the firm's Diversity Committee and served as Chair of the Recruitment Committee for eight years.more »

Debbie Torrez

Debbie Torrez

Unit Manager

Debbie Torrez serves as the Unit Manager/Financial Analyst in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Vice Provost. She has been employed at Texas Tech University since 1996, and has served as the Budget and Financial Analyst for University College and the former Senior Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management prior to joining the Office of the Senior Vice President and Vice Provost. In her role, Debbie provides budget and financial advice to 30 departments in Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement, Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, in addition to managing the Senior Vice President and Vice Provost's budget. She is an advisor to the Interested Ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., and Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. more »

Avelina Padilla

Avelina Padilla

Executive Administrative Associate

Avelina Padilla serves as the Executive Administrative Associate in the office of Institutional Diversity and reports to the Executive Associate at Texas Tech University. Avelina provides support to the Senior Vice President and Executive Associate while managing the front office and making visitors feel welcome. Prior to joining Tech, Avelina worked at Frenship ISD in the curriculum department and Levelland ISD with special programs. Avelina holds a B.A. in Business Administration. Avelina lives a full life with her husband, four daughters, son-in-laws, and grandchildren.

Binit Singh Bhatia

Binit Singh Bhatia

Programmer/Analyst II

Binit works as Programmer/Analyst for the Office of the Senior Vice President and Vice Provost. In this role, Binit works mostly with the departments under the Division of Institutional Diversity, developing web based applications and websites for them. Binit received his Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University in 2011. In his free time, Binit likes to listen to music, read, work-out and explore new developments in the field of technology.

Rachel Testa

Rachel Testa

Unit Coordinator Marketing and Social Media

Rachel is the marketing coordinator in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. In her capacity, she works with the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs to promote a variety of programs and events that serve the students of Texas Tech University. Rachel is involved with Texas Tech's Women in Business organization, where she strives to set a positive example for students.more »



Juan S. Muñoz, Ph.D. Bio | Email Senior Vice President & Vice Provost
Dahlia Guerra-Ortiz Bio | Email Executive Administrative Associate
David Abercia Bio | Email Executive Associate
Paul Ruiz Bio | Email Senior Administrator
Debbie Torrez Bio | Email Unit Manager
Avelina Padilla Bio | Email Executive Administrative Associate
Binit Singh Bhatia Bio | Email Programmer/Analyst II
Rachel Testa Bio | Email Unit Coordinator Marketing and Social Media