Skip to Content

Veterans Advisory Council

The Veterans Advisory Council (VAC) was created in November 2008 to bring together faculty and staff who had an interest in assisting student veterans at Texas State as well as combine efforts and resources to better serve our students. The council became a recognized group in August 2009 and reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs.



The Veteran Advisory Council (VAC) provides advice and support for services and programs designed to promote retention, success, and facilitate the transition into college for military veteran and military connected students.



Ms. Melissa Hyatt, Associate University Registrar, Office of University Registrar, Chair (R)

Mr. Eric Amidon, Coordinator for Academic Student Services, Round Rock Campus (R)
Dr. Harlan Ballard, Outreach, Assessment, and Retention Coordinator, Office of Disability Services (R)
Mr. David Beadle, Director/Site Supervisor, Veteran Academic Success Center (R)
Mr. Anson Davis, Coordinator, Veteran's Benefits, Veteran Affairs/Office of University Registrar (T)
Dr. Kama Davis, Staff Attorney, Dean of Students (R)
Ms. Elise Decker, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions (R)
Dr. Carol Dochen, Director, Student Learning Assistance Center (T)
Mr. Charles Evers, Supervisor, Applied Arts Advising Center, Advising Representative (R)
Mr. Ray Gonzalez, Program Specialist- Scholarships, Financial Aid and Scholarships (R)
Ms. Cheryl Nickell, Counseling Specialist, Counseling Center (R)
Mr. Jaime Rodriguez, Coordinator – Student Veterans Programs, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (T)
Dr. Katherine Selber, Chancellor’s Fellow, Texas State University System; Professor, Social Work (R)
Mr. Chad Willis, User Services Consultant, IT Assistance Center (T)
Ms. Lindsey Wilson, Student Development Specialist II, The Graduate College (T)
Mr. Ross Wood, Assistant Director, Career Education, Career Services (R)
To Be Named, Representative, Faculty Senate (R)


Student Members:

Mr. John Payne, President, Veterans Alliance of TXST (VATS) (T)
Ms. Amanda Gomes Torres, Student Government (R)


Veteran Advisory Council (VAC) Annual Reports

Nationally Ranked for Serving Student Veterans and Military Connected Students

Military Friendly Logo

Ranked #5 in Tier 2 Research Institutions in the Military Friendly®: Top 10 School

College Factual Logo

Ranked in Top 10% Best Colleges for Veterans by College Factual

2021 Veteran Education Excellence Recognition Award

2021 Veteran Education Excellence Recognition Award