Texas Tech University

Staff Senate History

Origin Story

The driving force behind forming the Staff Senate in 1999 was a clear recognition of the need to provide TTU staff members with a voice in the decisions being made that affected them. Faculty and student senates had long weighed in with opinions on university policies and decisions that relate directly to their groups, but Tech staff members had not had the opportunity to voice their concerns or have a means to respond to the TTU administration in an organized and effective manner. The Staff Senate is governed under a set of By-Laws and a Constitution. The Mission Statement: The Texas Tech University Staff Senate shall exist to contribute to the welfare of its staff employees; to serve as a liaison among staff, administration, faculty, and students; and to advise the administration in matters affecting the staff. Through these purposes the Staff Senate strives foremost to contribute to the overall success of Texas Tech University.

In the years since the first meeting, the Texas Tech University Staff Senate has become an effective vehicle for staff members to express their opinions on issues that relate directly to them and proactively suggest and push for needed changes on campus. By having a formal group representing all levels of staff on campus, the Staff Senate has been able to make positive changes in the working environment for many TTU staff members. In the end, the Staff Senate's mission is to equally and professionally represent the entire Texas Tech University staff in matters that concern them and to work with other campus organizations and TTU administrator to effect positive change both for staff members and the University as a whole.

The original charter for the Staff Senate allowed for staggered terms of office so that the Senate would have both seasoned and new senators serving. Staff Senate holds elections for new senators in May. During these three years, the senators represent their various EEO classifications in overseeing the plans and activities of the University that relate to staff employees and their jobs. Issues such as childcare, leave options, and others are researched by Staff Senate committees, and suggestions are made and questions answered for interested staff members.

Previous Executive Officers

Year President President-Elect Secretary Treasurer
2020-2021 Dee Nguyen Stacy Stockard Julia Wagner Ryan Bain
2019-2020 Jon Mark Bernal Dee Nguyen Heather Coats Olga Achourkina
2018-2019 Maggie Gilchrest Jon Mark Bernal Sarah Cuevas Olga Achourkina
2017-2018 Ashlee Brown Maggie Gilchrest Christy Rosson Billy Tiongco
2016-2017 Liz Inskip-Paulk Ashlee Brown Christy Rosson Billy Tiongco
2015-2016 Ben Montecillo Liz Inskip-Paulk Ashley Whisenant Linda Rodriguez
2014-2015 Anna Young Ben Montecillo Christi Chadwell Chris Phelan
2013-2014 Christine Self Anna Young Blake Groves David Mondt
2012-2013 Jeff Hays Christine Self Tamara Mancini Tonya Pinkerton
2011-2012 Bruce Bills Adrien Bennings Sarah Obenhaus Dale Ganus
2010-2011 Beverly Pinson Bruce Bills Meredith Gooch Dale Ganus
2009-2010 Chris Leisinger Beverly Pinson Sandy Gellner Tamara Ginter
2008-2009 Ron Nail Chris Leisinger Len Markham Tamara Ginter
2007-2008 Kathy Nordstrom Ron Nail Sharon Yeates Michelle Kiser
2006-2007 Rebecca Owens Kathy Nordstrom Jaclyn Byrd Crystal Davis
2005-2006 Richard Verrone Rebecca Owens Jana Atkins Barbara White
2004-2005 Brent Guinn Richard Verrone Jana Atkins Barbara White
2003-2004 Chance Dragich Brent Guinn   Carol Ann Stanley
2002-2003 Maurice Welch Chance Dragich Phillip Weathers Jeanine Reynolds
2001-2002 Russell Crosby Maurice Welch Janelle Pritchard Jeanine Reynolds
2000-2001 Kerry Billingsley Russell Crosby Jill Blackstock Kay Whyburn
1999-2000 PeeWee Roberson Dan Burns Janice Kinghorn Kerry Billingsley