Community Relations Director Kim Porterfield is responsible for developing and implementing the university’s Community Relations program, which oversees three large programming areas: College for Texans higher education awareness visits that have brought more than 7,000 public school students to campus; Discover Texas State, which allows the opportunity for numerous people to come and explore what Texas State has to offer; and Pack It Up and Pass It On, the recycling program that provides local needy folks with free items donated by residence hall students when they move home for the summer.
Established in 2001 in the division of University Advancement, the Office of Community Relation’s mission is to connect university resources with community needs and serve as a liaison among the university’s constituents in the region, many of which are identified through a Community Relations Council advisory group. Porterfield serves on several university committees, including the Facilities Committee, Service & Learning Committee, Friday/Saturday Task Force, Achieving Community Together, and the 2008-2015 Master Plan committee.
Porterfield, a product of the university’s Journalism Department, was hired in 2001 through a Strategic Plan Initiative calling for better relations with the community. Before joining Texas State, Porterfield spent eight years as the Community Liaison for San Marcos CISD. Before that, she was a reporter and photographer for eight years for the San Marcos Daily Record. Porterfield received the Volunteer of the Year award from the United Way of Hays County in 2002, Texas State Employee of the Year award in 2003, was inducted into the San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004 and has received numerous other recognitions for her community service activities in San Marcos.
She represents the university on the board of directors of many area organizations, including the United Way of Hays County, San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, San Marcos Education Foundation, San Marcos Advocates for Gifted Education and the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters. She is married to Winton Porterfield and has two children: Carlie, 18 years old and Sara Jo, 15 years old.