Division of Student Success Directory

The Division of Student Success is here to connect you to the campus and the resources proven to help you succeed.
Hours of Operation

Monday  8am - 5pm
Tuesday  8am - 5pm
Wednesday  8am - 5pm
Thursday  8am - 5pm
Friday  8am - 5pm

Appointment times may vary outside of
the regular schedule


Ransom Hall
602 W. Second St., Arlington, TX

Administrative Office Staff

Ashley Purgason, PhD

Associate Vice Provost for the Division of Student Success

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Bio: Dr. Ashley Purgason is a Maverick through and through, having received her BS and MS from UTA. Dr. Purgason is a toxicologist by training and received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She is also a former member of the UTA Women's basketball team. She leads a unit of professional staff in a variety of activities designed to meet student academic needs from registration to graduation.

Aaron Brown, PhD

Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Advising

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Bio: Dr. Aaron Brown provides leadership and support for the University Advising Center and advising initiatives across the institution. He is a low-income and first-generation college graduate who earned a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He has over 18 years of higher education experience serving in a variety of roles including service as an associate dean and elected member of the faculty senate and executive committee.

Kimshi Hickman, Ed.D.

Assistant Vice Provost for Retention and Completion

Bio: Dr. Kimshi Hickman received her BS and MS from Texas A&M University. Her Doctorate of Education is from Texas Tech University. In DSS, she oversees the Academic Success Center which houses Academic Support Programs and Academic Engagement Programs. This native Texan loves supporting students in achieving their academic goals.

Liz Richter

Senior Director for the Division of Student Success

Bio: Liz received her BS from the University of North Texas and her Masters in Organizational Development from Abilene Christian University. Dedicating the majority of her service years at UTA to academic advising, Liz also supports the strategic and technology initiatives within the Division.

Patty Phillips

Administrative Assistant II

Patty Phillips


Administrative Assistant II

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Christopher Smith

Financial Analyst

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Erik Schwieger

IT Analyst

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