Dr. Quint C. Thurman,
Dr. Quint Thurman recently joined the University of the Southwest as President. Prior to his appointment at USW, he served in various administrative leadership roles at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas including interim President, Provost, and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Before relocating to West Texas, Dr. Thurman held a position as Professor of Criminal Justice and Department Chair at Texas State University. In an academic career that spans 30 years he has written 7 books pertaining to criminal justice and law enforcement and taught more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
At Texas State University Thurman founded the doctoral program in Criminal Justice, established the University’s first ever endowed research chairperson, and also created the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center in San Marcos, otherwise known as ALERRT. Dr. Thurman’s academic career also includes faculty appointments at Washington State University and Wichita State University. Dr. Thurman holds bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma and earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Dr. Thurman and his wife Caryn have been married for 31 years and their three grown children – Sarah, Nathan, and Nick – reside in central Texas. Caryn is an ordained Presbyterian Minister and serves as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Hobbs.
Dr. Larry Guerrero,
Dr. Larry M. Guerrero has been Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Sul Ross State University, since fall 2012. Guerrero, who has served as Associate Dean of Arts and Science at Odessa College was also an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Sul Ross.
A native of San Angelo, he previously was an Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance, at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, after spending six years at Oklahoma City University. While there, Guerrero was an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Education / Kinesiology.
From 1997-2005, Guerrero was an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Angelo State University. He also was a Graduate Associate at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma and a faculty lecturer at Cochise College, Douglas, Ariz.
He received a B.S. (1991) in Health and Kinesiology an M.Ed. (1994) in Secondary Education from Oklahoma City University and Ed.D. (1997) in Applied Behavioral Studies from Oklahoma State University. Guerrero has also worked as an assistant baseball coach at Oklahoma City University (1991-1993) and Cochise College (1993-94) and as Head Coach of the Harrisonburg (Va.) Turks baseball team in 1993.
Vice President for Financial Services/CFO
Ron McBee started his Accounting career fresh out of college as an Associate Accountant for a small CPA firm in Boerne Texas doing a wide variety of tax, audit and general accounting work. He then moved to the private side of Accounting as the Controller for a not-for-profit organization in San Antonio, then to private industry and finally as a CFO in the Texas Public School System, accumulating over 20 years of valued experience and knowledge along the way.
After serving two years in the Army, he headed for Texas A&M University, Kingsville, to study business. He has a BBA in Public Administration, with a minor in Accounting, a Teaching Certificate from Texas State University, a Masters in Educational Leadership, along with a Superintendent Certificate from Texas Tech University.
Ron and his family have always been involved in their community, volunteering at church and school, coaching kid's baseball and soccer, or refereeing football. Getting outside and staying active is a big part of their lives.
He and his wife Whonel moved here from Boerne Texas to be near family, as both their sons, daughter-in-laws and two grandsons live here. Most of their spare time is spent with them.
Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Life
Michele Goar is the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Life at USW. She has over ten years of experience in higher education and began her career at USW in academic advisement and was soon promoted to be the Senior Director of Admissions and Recruitment.
Michele’s career in higher education started at Neosho County Community College where she worked as an Admissions Counselor. Her main area of focus was recruitment efforts and community outreach for the college. From there she moved on to Allen County Community College and served as the Director of Recruitment and Marketing.
Michele has also worked in Academic Advisement, most recently at Oklahoma City Community College where she worked as a health programs admissions counselor. Her primary responsibilities involved selecting candidates for the college’s health programs.
Michele is a native of Oklahoma and spent four years in academic advisement for the University of Oklahoma. While working at OU, Michele earned her Master’s degree in Human Relations with a counseling emphasis. She is also a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers as well as an active member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
Michele received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Safety Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is married to Charles, who works as the Men’s Basketball coach for USW. They have a son Jalen. Michele enjoys painting and spending time with family and friends.
William J. Weidner,
Vice President for Advancement and Director of Athletics
William Weidner is currently serving as the Vice President for Advancement and Director of Athletics. As the Vice President for Advancement, Weidner supports and advances the USW mission by serving as the university officer primarily responsible for soliciting gifts for the institution's capital and operational needs. As the Director of Athletics at USW, he is also responsible for the vision, organization and direction of an NAIA Division I intercollegiate athletic program.
Prior to his arrival at USW, Weidner served with some the finest NCAA intercollegiate athletic programs in the nation. His previous professional endeavors feature over 27 years of experience in NCAA intercollegiate athletics as an administrator and coach including having served as a Director of Athletics at three NCAA institutions.
As an athletic administrator, Weidner served as the Director of Athletics at Ashland University, the University of Texas Pan American and Weber State University. He has also held the position of Deputy Athletics Director at the University of Central Florida as well as at the University of San Francisco. His professional background also includes having been an Assistant Athletic Director at Southern Methodist University.
In addition to his career in intercollegiate athletic administration, Weidner has also served on the football coaching staffs at Ohio State University, Standford University, Murray State University, Southern Connecticut State University, and the University of New Haven.
Weidner graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Springfield College and earned his Master of Arts degree in Physical Education from Stanford University.
Vice President of Student Finance
Dawny Kringel has been employed in higher education for 8 years. She began her career at University of the Southwest in the Business Office as an Accounting Assistant and was promoted to Assistant Controller. She then accepted the position of Director of Financial Aid and now currently serves as the Vice President of Student Finance at University of the Southwest.
Dawny received her Associate’s Degree in Arts from New Mexico Junior College, her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Lubbock Christian University, and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of the Southwest. She holds active memberships in the New Mexico Association of Financial Aid Administrators, the Southwest Association of Financial Aid Administrators, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Dawny was born and raised in Hobbs, NM and graduated from Hobbs High School. For 28 years, she served as a volunteer Youth and Children’s Leader with the Assemblies of God and has traveled on short-term mission trips with U.S. and Foreign Missionaries. She currently attends Christian Center Church in Hobbs.
Dawny and her husband, Jayson, have been married for 18 years and have two children.
Dr. David Arnold,
Campus Steward and Associate Professor of Business
David Arnold has served University of the Southwest in several capacities over the last 16 years. He has served as director of financial aid, director of marketing, dean of the School of Business, senior administrator, and faculty member.
He currently serves the institution as Campus Steward and has oversight of: capital projects, maintenance of facilities, landscaping and housekeeping. He also serves as an associate professor of business and teaches accounting, management, finance and marketing courses.
Arnold holds a bachelor's degree in management and finance from Baylor University, a bachelor's degree in accounting from University of the Southwest, and a master's in business administration from University of Texas, Permian Basin. He received his Ph.D. in management from Colorado Technical University.
Arnold attended New Mexico Junior College before transferring to Baylor University and studying Management and Finance while attaining his bachelor's degree. He completed his master's in business administration at University of Texas of the Permian Basin. During his service to USW, he also completed a second bachelor's degree in accounting and is currently pursuing a doctorate in management from Colorado Technical University.
Before joining USW, Arnold worked for a family owned oil-field construction business in Odessa, Texas.
His volunteer service has included the Board of Boys and Girls Club of Hobbs, United Way of Hobbs, and he holds active memberships in New Mexico Association of Financial Aid Administrators, Southwest Association of Financial Aid Administrators, National Association of Student Affairs Administrators, and the Academy of Management. He and his wife, Melody, are members of First United Methodist Church and have three adult children. In his spare time, Arnold enjoys fishing, golfing, and traveling