Tarleton State University has announced the appointment of Dr. Laura Boren, currently vice president for student affairs at Northeastern State University, as vice president for Student Life, effective in July 20.

“We are delighted to have such an experienced and professional leader in student development join the Tarleton leadership team,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio. “Dr. Boren’s leadership and involvement in strategic enrollment management and student success, and her commitment to student-focused service standards complement our ongoing initiatives and values at Tarleton.”

Boren will lead the Tarleton Division of Student Life, which includes Student Engagement, Residential Living and Learning, Transition and Family Relations, The Thompson Student Center, Student Leadership Programs, Health Services, Student Counseling Center, Student Publications, Recreational Sports, Rodeo, University Police and Parking, and Judicial Affairs, among other student service areas.  She will sit on the President’s Executive Cabinet.

Boren succeeds Darla Doty, interim vice president for Student Life, who is retiring.

At Northeastern, Boren sits on the President’s Executive Cabinet and guides a Student Affairs division with 150 employees and a nearly $20 million budget.  She oversees admissions and recruitment, career services, student recreation, student government, student activities, student affairs, student disability and counseling services, student financial services, student health services, judicial services, university advising, student center and university housing. 

“My 18 years in higher education have been a journey that started as a desire to work with students at my alma mater and turned into a passion for leading an institution in providing access and opportunity for students to succeed,’ said Boren. “Tarleton provides a progressive, invigorating, student-centered environment – an ideal place for me to apply my knowledge, skills and abilities.”

Boren earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M.  She obtained her master’s degree in College Student Personal Services and her bachelor’s degree in Meetings and Destination Management from Northeastern.