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Hansen-Thomas, Ong Appointed as Board of Directors

Texas Woman’s University has appointed Holly Hansen-Thomas, PhD, and Rosalind Ong to the board of directors of Texas Women in Higher Education (TWHE). Hansen-Thomas, vice provost of research, innovation, and corporate engagement, expressed her excitement about the opportunity to collaborate with such inspiring women in higher education in Texas.

“I am really excited to get the opportunity to work with so many amazing women in the higher education space in Texas,” said Hansen-Thomas, vice provost of research, innovation, and corporate engagement. “I was both astonished and honored to learn this. I am happy to join the board of directors and contribute to this vital endeavor.”

Ong is the director of learning outcomes evaluation at San Antonio College, a PhD student in TWU’s Education, Leadership and Organization department, and a PULSE Scholar.

“I am excited to work with the TWHE community and serve as a new partner, sharing experiences and expertise as we navigate higher education leadership,” Ong said.

TWHE is the Texas chapter of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network. It focuses on shifting the needle for women in higher education leadership roles by providing opportunities for development, collaboration, and support, with the ultimate goal of assisting women to succeed and advance in their professions.
The TWHE board is committed to promoting, advancing, and supporting women working in colleges and universities across Texas. Unlike groups that specialize on a single area of responsibility, TWHE assists women in all sectors of higher education — public and private, university and community college — across all levels of their institutions.

“I joined TWHE so that I could learn from and engage in important conversations with peers, mentors, and mentees in higher education throughout the state. TWHE is an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women of all backgrounds, disciplines and areas in higher education, and I look forward to the strategic planning we will be doing as a board,” Hansen-Thomas said.

Ong joined TWHE because she is enthusiastic about higher education and empowering women to collaborate and lead at the local, state, and national levels.
“The mission and vision of the organization resonates with my desire to serve in a role that intentionally provides programming to create higher education spaces that reflect our communities and foster a sense of belonging,” Ong said in a press release.