Staff

Division & Unit Heads

Dr. Troy Johnson

Vice President

Division of Enrollment Management

Troy Johnson

Short Bio: 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.

Michele Bobadilla

Assistant Provost for Hispanic Student Success

Senior Associate VP for Outreach Services & Community Engagement

Michele Bobadilla

Short Bio: Michele Bobadilla is a distinguished state and national Latina educational leader in the student access and success space. She 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. Her interests include creating opportunities that ensure access to and success in higher education for first- and second-generation students; ensuring a space that supports diversity equity and inclusion; and shifting mindsets from surviving to thriving

Lisa Thompson

Senior Director

TRIO Pre-College Program

Lisa Thompson

Short Bio: 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.

Dr. Rebecca Lothringer

Associate Vice President

Enrollment Management

Rebecca Lothringer

Short Bio: 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.

Karen Krause

Executive Director

Financial AId and Scholarships

Karen Krause

Short Bio: 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.

Kimberly Tate

Registrar

Office of the Registrar

Kimberly Tate

Short Bio: Kimberly Tate serves as the University Registrar at the University of Texas at Arlington. She originally joined UTA as the Associate Registrar of Operations in 2019. Prior to UTA, she served as the District Assistant Director for Records and Reports for Tarrant County College District, preceding her post as the Registrar and Director of Admissions at Clovis Community College. Kimberly began her higher education career at McMurry University, where she served in several enrollment services capacities. Her breadth of experience includes admissions and recruitment, intercollegiate athletics, international admissions, records and registration policies, and student support services. As the Interim Registrar, Kim oversees functions related to student records management, transcripts, registration, degree conferral, credit transfer, term processing, catalog, course scheduling and curriculum management, as well as enrollment reporting, athletic eligibility certification and FERPA compliance.

Scot D. Mertz

Associate Vice President

Enrollment Management

Scot Mertz

Short Bio: 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.

Office of Enrollment Management

Janie Harris

Executive Assistant

Janie Harris

Short Bio: 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.

Beverly Guadagnolo

Financial Analyst

Beverly Guadagnolo

Short Bio: 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.

Amanda Nickerson

Executive Director

Amanda Nickerson

Short Bio: 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.

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