Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Denese Skinner came to WTAMU as the director of career planning and placement in July 1993. She took over the leadership for student counseling services in 1996. Skinner guided the enrollment management areas as the Senior Director from May 1995 to February 1998 and then again as the Interim Dean from August 2006 to February 2007. She became the interim vice president for student affairs in July 2012.
Skinner oversees staff members responsible for the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Student Activities (student leadership/development programs, Buff Branding, peer education, alcohol/drug education, student organizations, honors and activities, diversity and commuter services); Educational Services (testing, tutoring and supplemental instruction); Recreational Sports (Virgil Henson Activities Center, sports clubs, intramurals and fitness services); student judicial affairs; residential living and food services; Student Services (medical, disability, counseling and career services, experiential education, student employment services and child care); and Student Government, among others.
Skinner is a native of Amarillo, TX and holds two degrees, including a master from West Texas A&M University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt, a Professional Vocational Counselor and a School Counselor. She is also certified to teach Physical Education and Health. She began her career in education in 1983 as a teacher and coach at Highland Park ISD with similar jobs at Canyon High School and Nazareth ISD from 1988-1991. Skinner served as a counselor/trainer for the Panhandle Tech Prep Consortium from May 1992 until joining WTAMU in 1993.
A few of the honors that Skinner received in the past include: twice honored with WTAMU’s Clarence Thompson Staff Excellence Award; recipient of the WTAMU President’s Community Service Award and staff employee of the month; honored with the Texans Caring for Texans recognition given by state agencies in the Panhandle region. Skinner has the distinction of being the head coach of a girls basketball state championship team and being selected by her peers to be an all-star head coach.
She is a member of the American College Student Personnel Association; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators; Council of Student Services Vice Presidents/Texas Public Universities; National Association of Colleges and Employers, the American Association of Employment in Education; and the Leadership Amarillo and Canyon Alumni Association. She previously served on Leadership Amarillo and Canyon Board of Directors, Kids Inc. Board of Directors, and United Way of Amarillo and Canyon as a Loaned Executive.
Denese Skinner, MEd, LPC-S
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
West Texas A&M University