Administrative Team

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

Dr. Dee Mooney,
Vice President for Administrative Services/CFO

Dee Mooney has over 20 years experience in financial management in Christian higher education. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has corporate and professional accounting experience.

Dee also brings over six years of college classroom experience as an Associate Professor in Accounting.

Dee holds a bachelor's degree in business administration in accounting from Baylor University and a masters of accountancy from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She received her D.Ed.Min., in educational ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dee is an active member of several professional organizations including the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC). Dee has served on the Small Institutions Council and the Annual Meeting Planning Committee for NACUBO, the Chief Financial Officers Commission for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the Board of Directors of ABACC.

Together, Dee and her husband, Tim, have two children: Nicolle and her husband, Dustin, and their children, Jackson and Jenna Grace; and TC.

In her free time, Dee enjoys watching movies with her family and reading.




Michele Goar,

Dean of Enrollment Management and Campus Life

Michele Goar is the Dean of Enrollment Management and Campus 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.

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 is currently pursuing 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