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Dr. Troy Johnson
Division of Enrollment Management
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Dr. Troy Johnson is a nationally known figure in student enrollment and success. He’s led successful enrollment operations at universities in Texas, California and Illinois. At the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), a Hispanic Serving Institution of more than 60,000 students, his role is to provide leadership to enroll diverse and high quality students and ensure they reach their goal of graduating. As Vice President for Enrollment Management he oversees community outreach, admissions, financial aid, registrar, student success initiatives, and six federal TRiO programs.
Dr. Johnson joined UTA from Illinois State University. He’s held posts in the California State University and Texas A&M systems and he began his career working for 12 years at Texas Tech University. Johnson’s bachelor’s degree is in finance, his master’s is in economics and his doctoral research focused on higher education economics.
At Illinois State University, while high school graduation rates in the state were declining, he led the university to three years of record breaking enrollment. Dr. Johnson is the only three-time recipient of the State’s Star Award for programs showing documented impact on student access and success. Additional evidence of his commitment to underrepresented students is that he has earned more than $5M dollars in funding for student support programs.
Johnson has a difference-making track record of service in higher education including as a rule negotiator for the U.S. Department of Education’s Discretionary Grants program, on the Texas Education Association STAAR Performance Descriptors Advisory Committee, and as chair of the Council of Texas Public University Presidents and Chancellors Enrollment Service Efficiency Committee. He has served on federal commissions to reduce regulatory burdens and he has testified in the heat of debates about race and ethnicity during the Hopwood Office of Civil Rights hearings. He has served on many state committees such as the Transfer Issues Advisory Committee and has testified to the legislature and THECB on various topics. Dr. Johnson is currently a leader on the 60x30TX Metroplex Advisory Group.
Dr. Johnson brings tremendous depth and breadth of experience in all facets of enrollment management and student success. His broad experience at the local and national level will enable UTA to reach its ambitious goals as outlined in the strategic plan.
At UTA Dr. Johnson and his team have led the university to its highest enrollment in history. Also, like the previous fall’s class, this fall’s incoming class is on track to be the largest, most academically prepared and most diverse in the school’s history.
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Senior Associate VP Outreach & Community Engagement
Assistant Provost Hispanic Student Succeess
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Michele Bobadilla holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English with a secondary teacher certification; a master’s degree in elementary education with a bilingual/ESL endorsement; a CMBA in business; and was awarded a D.Litt (hc) for her life’s work in higher education.
Michele Bobadilla is a distinguished state and national Latina educational leader in the student access and success space.
Michele Bobadilla is an educator, advocate, and mentor who uses her voice and seat at the table to serve as a catalyst for change.
Michele Bobadilla’s outreach and community engagement partnerships have been recognized as transforming the NTX educational landscape for first- and second-generation students and their families.
TRIO Pre-College Program
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Lisa Thompson has worked at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in the TRIO Pre-College Programs since fall of 1991 and is the Executive Director. She was the Testing Coordinator and Counselor in the UTA Counseling Services Center from 1989 to 1991. Immediately prior to her employment at UTA she worked at Southern Methodist University as an Academic Advisor and also served as an Instructor and Cheerleading Coach. She has over 36 years of experience in grant writing, programs development, academic affairs, student affairs, testing, advising and counseling.
Lisa has a B.S. degree in Science (and Dance) and a M.S. degree in Counseling and Student Personnel, both from Kansas State University. Lisa is a member of Texas TRIO, Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP), the National Association of Veterans Upward Bound Programs (NAVUB) and Council for Opportunity In Education. She has served on the Technology, Alumni, Scholarships, On-Site, Conference, Awards and Moderators committees for the associations in the past. She also is the current Conference Chair for NAVUB. Lisa has provided consulting and etiquette training for a variety of organizations in the DFW area and has choreographed numerous Debutante, Coming of Age, Beautillion and Cotillion Presentations.
Her volunteer, mentorship and civic service stretches across the Dallas Fort Worth area in organizations such as Community Influence Leaders Roundtable (City of Arlington), Arlington Martin Luther Day Jr. Celebration, Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and Arlington Foundation for Excellence in Education. She serves on several of UT Arlington’s committee’s including the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and is the on-campus advisor for the Zeta Mu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Dr. Rebecca Lothringer
Associate Vice President
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Dr. Rebecca Lothringer joined UTA as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management in October 2019, after leading the University of North Texas to a historic high enrollment multiple years including that fall 2019 with increases in freshman, transfer, and new graduate students. She is a transformational leader with 30 years of experience in student enrollment and a track record of enrollment success.
Dr. Lothringer is a recognized leader who has served as the President of the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrar’s and Admissions Officers, the Co-Chair for the state’s ApplyTexas Advisory Committee, along with several other leadership positions, professional presentations and committee membership.
At UTA Dr. Lothringer was an integral part of the Enrollment Management team that lead the University to the highest new student enrollment in history. Her creativity, dedication, and focus help to create robust campus partnerships, assemble an effective enrollment team, create targeted communication initiatives, lead savvy technology implementation, and apply data-driven recruitment efforts. Using results-driven planning, Rebecca has led her team to enrollment success many times and continues to do so.
Dr. Lothringer fits in well at UTA and she makes a positive difference in the future of students’ lives and in UTA’s future successes. With her commitment to success, there’s no doubt UTA will maintain its goal of “Students First, Excellence Always,” as well as its goal to become designated among Texas premier Tier 1 universities.
Financial AId and Scholarships
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Karen Krause currently serves as a vital part of the Enrollment Management team at the University of Texas at Arlington in the role of Executive Director of Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Veteran’s Benefits Certification. These combined offices offer financial support to over 45,000 UTA students annually.
Ms. Krause joined UTA from Texas Wesleyan University. She has also held financial aid positions at Texas Christian University and Texas Woman’s University. Prior to higher education, Ms. Krause taught vocal music to 7th and 8th graders.
Ms. Krause is a well-respected financial aid administrator and was one of the first 75 administrators in the country to earn the Certified Financial Aid Administrator credential through the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). She has served on the NASFAA Board of Directors in multiple roles over 20 years and has been a member of multiple committees and task forces. In 2018, she served as Commission Director for the task force, Modernizing Title IV Aid to Encourage and Accommodate Innovations in Higher Education. The work of the task force generated a white paper that was used by NASFAA in the negotiated rulemaking process later that year. She also served on the task force that created the inaugural NASFAA Executive Roundtable conference in February, 2020.
Ms. Krause has served as President of both the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA), the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SWASFAA), and is a current member of the statewide Enrollment Services Efficiency Committee. She is a past recipient of the SWASFAA Leo Hatten Distinguished Service Award and the NASFAA Leadership Award.
The financial support provided through these combined offices under Ms. Krause’s leadership has contributed significantly to the increases in enrollment and the quality of the students who have chosen to become Mavericks.
Dr. Nichole Mancone Fisher
Admissions, Records, and Registration
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Dr. Nichole Mancone Fisher joined UTA as the University Registrar in 2017. She has previously held posts at Tarrant County College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, UNT Dallas, Duke University, the Boston Conservatory, and Bentley University. Her breadth of experience in previous positions includes student conduct and student affairs, international admissions, and veterans affairs. Dr. Fisher’s bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University is in History with a focus on Russian and East European Studies. She received her Master’s in Higher Education from The Ohio State University and her Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of North Texas. Dr. Fisher also holds a graduate certificate in Strategic Enrollment Management from Bay Path University.
Dr. Fisher is a member of AACRAO, SACRAO, and TACRAO. She has previously served as Editor of the SACRAO Journal and currently serves on the Editorial Board. Dr. Fisher has also served on various TACRAO Committees as well as the ApplyTexas Advisory Committee. Dr. Fisher and her team have worked on implementing changes in the Office of the Registrar over the last three years in order to provide seamless processes and dedicated customer service to students, faculty, and staff.
Scot D. Mertz
Associate Vice President
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Scot Mertz serves as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at UTA. He originally joined UTA to serve as the Executive Director of Enrollment Management in November 2019. Mr. Mertz brings twenty-five years of higher education experience. Scot Mertz has held several previous leadership posts. He served as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management at Sam Houston State University. He began his higher education career at Blinn College, serving as Assistant Director of Financial Aid. He excels at building relationships and problem-solving through innovation and strategy. With a strong commitment to exceeding expectations, Mr. Mertz is highly motivated to identify and effectively communicate the mission. He is forward-thinking in leadership, day to day operations, and budgeting for success.
Mr. Mertz received his Master of Business Administration from Prairie View A&M University and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Sam Houston State University. Mr. Mertz is currently a member of the Enrollment Management Senior Leadership Team, CRM Steering Committee, University Compliance Committee, Emergency Management EM Team, Orientation Advisory Committee, University-Wide Undergraduate Recruitment Coordinating Committee, the My Mav Product Strategy Committee, and the Transfer Portal Development Committee.
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As the Executive Assistant to Dr. Troy Johnson, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Janie is a positive and proactive administrative liaison to other departments on campus and outside organizations/agencies as well as Enrollment Management staff, students and visitors.
Janie has over 20 years extensive administrative experience in both the private and public sectors in human resources, accounting, and office administration including project management. She regularly collaborates with and mentors new employees as well as her counterparts. Janie’s contributions, continued commitment and leadership has made her a pillar to UTA. She was the recipient of the peer- nominated Outstanding Maverick Award in 2014-2015.
Janie is an advocate for equality and currently serves on the Enrollment Management Diversity and Inclusion Advance Team. Janie consistently promotes institutional inclusivity and equality for everyone. Janie is also a first-generation college student herself. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from UTA in 2018!
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Beverly Guadagnolo has worked at the University of Texas at Arlington for fifteen years. She serves as Financial Analyst for the Office of Enrollment Management working alongside the executive team. Beverly is a proud alumnus of UTA with a BBA in Accounting. She educates Enrollment Management colleagues on the university’s accounting software and budget reporting tools. Her positive attitude and energy fosters others to persevere and succeed. In her free time, you’ll find Beverly immersed in a good book or in search of a new favorite Tex-Mex restaurant with her husband.
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Amanda Nickerson joined UTA to serve as the Executive Director of Enrollment Management in 2020. The Executive Director serves to carry out the vision and assignments of the Vice President of Enrollment Management and works closely with the Enrollment Management leadership team and stakeholders on and off campus to focus on opportunities and critical projects to contribute to student success and new student enrollment goals. Prior to her appointment at UTA, Amanda served as Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment at Tarleton State University. She has a track record of success in higher education leadership, with over 16 years’ experience at Texas Christian University. Her breadth of experience includes previous roles in strategic recruitment initiatives, transfer and freshman admissions, information services, and institutional research.
Ms. Nickerson earned a Master's in Education from Texas Christian University, a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and an Associate degree from Tarrant County College. Amanda completed the 2016 cohort of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, a partnership between Arizona State University and Georgetown University. She began the Doctor of Educational Leadership in 2020 at West Texas A&M University.
Ms. Nickerson previously served on the professional development and executive committees for the North Texas Regional P-16 Council. As a first-generation college graduate, Ms. Nickerson is committed to college access and student success. She volunteers in local non-profit organizations to mentor other first-generation students.