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Biographical Sketch

Since September, 2014, Dr. Timothy Quinnan enjoys the privilege of serving The University of Texas at Arlington as Vice President for Student Affairs.  With more than 25 years of experience, his passion for student development remains strong. Selected for his record of innovative accomplishments in student engagement, health and wellness, global involvement, and student success, Dr. Quinnan leads Student Affairs and its twenty-four departments.  He is responsible for a Division of 180 professional staff, more than 400 para-professionals, and a budget of approximately $20 million.

Prior to his arrival, Dr. Quinnan served in executive leadership roles at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash, Florida State University, and San Diego State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature followed by a master’s degree in college student personnel at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Following a post-master’s dean’s fellowship at the University of Michigan, he completed his doctor of philosophy degree in higher education from The Union Institute & University. As an administrator also dedicated to continuing scholarship, Dr. Quinnan published two books:  Generations Lost (2002), and Adult Students at Risk: Culture Bias in Higher Education (1997).

In addition, he has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as the mainstream press, including: Academic Leadership, Black Issues in Higher Education, Journal of College and Character, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and guest editorial contributions to various metropolitan newspapers. More recently, he scripted two short films: The Stranger (2014) and To Die and Live Again (2013) both of which addressed the search for meaning and purpose among college students.

Along with these creative endeavors, other significant achievements in Dr. Quinnan’s career include being asked to act as the Director of the internationally renowned 2004-5 Institute of College Student Values hosted by Florida State, and later, founding the highly regarded Leadership Summit yearly symposium at San Diego State University.  He is a sought-after speaker and has been a leadership consultant to business, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations across the country from New York to California. “Dr. Q’s” dynamic workshops on leadership & legacy, values-driven decision making, and Spirituality Seminar are very popular and in demand by students and colleagues.

Dr. Quinnan sees his entire career as a quest to help others discover and fulfill their potential. More than anything else, he finds affirmation of this work in the success of those he has mentored. He is even more pleased that so many of them--  entrepreneurs, physicians, teachers, lawyers, and even television personalities- choose to keep in regular contact with him. Dr. Quinnan sees this as proof that he touched their lives in a lasting way.

Dr. Quinnan and his wife, Lela, have one extraordinary daughter. In his spare time, he treasures the time he spends with his family, fitness activities, and classic film.    

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