Associate Vice Chancellor’s Biography

Andrea Tawney, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice Chancellor for TTUHSC El Paso’s Office of Institutional Advancement. Before joining TTUHSC El Paso, Dr. Tawney served as New Mexico State University’s Vice President for University Advancement, Marketing and Communications, and President of the NMSU Foundation.

Under Dr. Tawney’s leadership, the foundation launched the most ambitious cash campaign in the NMSU system’s history, with a goal of raising $125 million.

Andrea Tawney

Within five years, her team raised more than $100 million in cash and pledges and set record fundraising marks two years in a row in 2017 and 2018. In 2016, she was named one of Albuquerque Business First’s 40 under Forty for her professional achievements, leadership and contributions to the community and impact in New Mexico.

Dr. Tawney has worked in higher education for 15 years. Prior to NMSU, she served as the Director of Development for the Schools of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at TTUHSC in Lubbock, Texas.

She also served four years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. She earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Studies from Texas Tech University, with a focus on the predictors of academic success for first-generation college students. She holds a Master of Education and a B.A.S. in Justice Systems, Policy and Planning from Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Tawney’s husband, James, is a Texas Tech University alumnus, with a degree in law. They have two daughters, Mila and Nina.