Dr. Gary A. Dill,
Dr. Gary A. Dill has served as president of University of the Southwest since 2002 and has a broad and varied professional background. He served for six years as president of McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas; for five years as senior vice president at Schreiner College in Kerrville, Texas; for two years as planner for the Texas Education Agency; for three years as a faculty member at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota; and for 12 years as a pastor in two denominations.
Dr. Dill's academic preparation includes a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in higher education administration and ethics from the University of Texas at Austin [TX] and two years of post-doctoral study in philosophy and theology at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend [IN]. His theological studies include a doctor of ministry degree (D.Min.) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville [KY], and a master of divinity (M.Div.) from Princeton Theological Seminary [NJ]. Philosophy and religion were his undergraduate majors at Houston Baptist University [TX], where he earned his bachelor's degree (B.A.). He is an ordained Presbyterian minister.
Dr. Dill's academic emphases are in biblical studies, ethics, and institutional policy.
He is married to Marilyn. Together, they have five children: Grant, his wife Lori, and their children Sydney and Max; Phillip, his wife Jennifer, and their daughters Ally and Guiliana; Emily, her husband Henry, and their sons, Hank and Luke; Isaac; and Moses. Dr. Dill also enjoys playing racquetball and walking daily with his three Schnauzers, Jet, Jackson, and Jester.
Dr. James Smith,
Dr. Smith comes to USW from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La., where he has served as the director of distance learning and the director of the division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. He holds several awards and other recognition from his peers and professional organizations.
A Louisiana native, Dr. Smith received his bachelor's of business administration from Northeast Louisiana University, his master's of education in vocational agriculture education from Louisiana Tech University, and his Ph.D. in agricultural education with an emphasis in instructional technology from Texas A&M University.
He is married to Charlotte Welch Smith, Ed.D. Dr. Charlotte Welch-Smith is associate professor in the School of Education and is program director for School Counseling and Curriculum and Instruction at USW.
Dr. Smith and his wife have one daughter, Angie Robinson; one granddaughter, Katie, and one grandson, Jack
Vice President for Financial Services/CFO
Ron McBee started his Accouting 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 finall as a CFO in the Texas Public School System, accumulating over 20 years of valued experieence 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 deature over 27 years of experience in NCAA intercollegiate athletics as an administrator and coach inclduing 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.
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