Office Staff

 

DahliaDahlia Guerra

Executive Administrative Associate

dahlia.guerra@ttu.edu

Dahlia Guerra 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. Dahlia is currently working toward her BA in University Studies with concentrations in Sociology, Personal Financial Planning, and Spanish. Dahlia enjoys spending every spare moment with her family, children and grandchildren who are the joys of her life.

 

PaulPaul Ruiz

Senior Administrator

paul.ruiz@ttu.edu

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. While in Austin, Paul was a member of the Hispanic Bar Association and founded the Law Firm Diversity Report, which ranked attorney diversity in Austin's 25 largest law firms. Before attending law school, Paul handled military and migrant affairs for U.S. Congressman Kent Hance in Lubbock.

Paul's primary responsibility for the Division is faculty diversity training and compliance, as well as operation of The National Registry of Diverse & Strategic Faculty, an online database of candidates seeking teaching positions in higher education. Paul is also responsible for ensuring that all summer camps owned and operated by Texas Tech comply with state law and regulations required by S.B. 1414. Additionally, Paul handles special projects assigned by the Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement, Dr. Juan Muñoz.


Paul currently serves as Advisor to Omega Delta Phi, a multi-cultural service and social fraternity, and is an active mentor in the Mentor Tech program.

 

AvelinaAvelina Padilla

Executive Administrative Associate

avelina.padilla@ttu.edu

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.

 

DebbieDebbie Torrez

Unit Manager

debbie.torrez@ttu.edu

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. Debbie has also been the Co-Chair for the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). She received a certification in Computer Accounting in 1996, and was also the valedictorian at International Business College. Debbie received a Bachelor's Degree in Personal Financial Planning in May 2014. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, Selena and Tres and would not trade them for the world.

 

BinitBinit Singh Bhatia

Programmer/Analyst II

binit.bhatia@ttu.edu

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.

 

RachelRachel Testa

Unit Coordinator Marketing and Social Media

rachel.testa@ttu.edu

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.

Prior to joining Texas Tech, Rachel was the Brand Manager for a college textbook retailer located in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Integrated Strategic Communications, Emphasis in Account Management, and a minor in Psychology. At the University of Kentucky, she served as Public Relations Chair of the Lambda Alpha chapter of Chi Omega. In her free time Rachel enjoys painting, reading and spending time outdoors with friends and family.