About Dr. James Hurley

Dr. James Hurley, the 16th President of Tarleton State University, is leading the institution to unprecedented heights. 

He oversaw the creation and launch of Tarleton Forward 2030: Our Future-Focused Strategic Plan, a blueprint for becoming the premier comprehensive regional university in the nation, with a keen focus on student success, teaching and research.

His signature initiatives include strategic enrollment growth, innovative student funding models, degree completion, vigorous partnerships with high schools and community colleges, enhancing research and innovation, improving operational efficiency, strengthening partnerships with businesses and community stakeholders, and uniting the campus on a bold trajectory featuring the university’s largest-ever capital campaign.

Tarleton State is one of the fastest growing public universities in the nation. President Hurley’s cultivation of broad and deep connections across Texas has resulted in a student body with the third highest number of Texas counties represented, only behind the two Lone Star flagship institutions. He spearheads efforts to address the rapid growth in the state’s workforce needs and serves on several governing boards pertaining to economic development and public policy…

Meet the First Lady

First Lady Kindall Hurley

Tarleton State University’s 16th First Lady, Kindall Hurley, takes an active role in supporting her husband’s vision to see the school become the premier comprehensive regional institution in the nation. She is an enthusiastic Tarleton ambassador, whether hosting activities at the Hurley home — the Trogdon House in the heart of the Stephenville campus — attending community and university events, or raising funds for the Tarleton Forever Capital Campaign.

A champion for education, Mrs. Hurley is passionate about students and their success and well-being. She earned her MBA at the University of Tennessee, and she completed a master’s in educational leadership and a specialist degree in educational administration at Lincoln Memorial University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from East Tennessee State University.

Executive Leadership Team

The Trogdon House

For most of a century Tarleton State University’s Trogdon House has been a hub of activity and tradition in Stephenville.

The two-story building, a stately 4,500 square feet, sits at the heart of the campus, between the O.A Grant Building, the E.J. Howell Education Building and the Dick Smith Library.

Built in 1923, it has housed university presidents starting with its builder and architect, Dean J. Thomas Davis, who shared the dwelling with his family until he turned over the reins of power in 1948.

President’s Staff/Contact

Credence BAker
Dr. Credence Baker
Chief of Staff and Vice President of University Relations (Acting)
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(254) 968-9420
Tauna Bertsch
Ms. Tauna Bertsch
Executive Assistant to the President
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(254) 968-9921
Lauren Gillespie
Ms. Lauren Gillespie
Executive Assistant
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(254) 968-9749