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Graduate Student Affairs Council (GSAC)

Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization is to provide professional development and offer a support structure for graduate students studying or working in the student affairs field. GSAC provides social, professional, and academic opportunities to enhance the holistic development of the future of student affairs professionals.

What We Do

  • Site visits to other universities
  • Professional development workshops
  • Conferences
  • Socials
  • Service Learning
  • Fundraisers

Member Benefits

  • Scholarships for professional development (up to three $100 scholarships awarded per semester)
  • Graduation stole
  • Member T-shirt
  • Networking

2019 GSAC Executive Board Members

Catherine Till | Executive Director

 Executive Director
Catherine Till Headshot

Hometown: Dayton, Texas

Undergraduate Degree: Agricultural Communication

Undergraduate Institution: Sam Houston State University

Why did you choose Student Affairs: After my experience traveling as a Sorority Leadership Consultant, I realized the passion I had for cultivating meaningful experiences with student leaders and knew that I wanted to continue to have a positive impact on students.

Area(s) of interest after graduation: Fraternity/Sorority Life, New Student Orientation, or Leadership Programs

Hobbies/Interests: Running, Yoga, and Going to Target

Hunter Taylor | Director of Administration

Hometown: Tyler, Texas

Undergraduate Degree: English Education with a minor in Psychology

Undergraduate Institution: Texas State University

Why did you choose Student Affairs: During my undergraduate career I was heavily involved on campus. Through my experiences in Orientation, Student Justice, and Campus Activities I knew that working with students was my passion. During my last year of undergrad, I met with my mentor and was told about the Student Affairs field and it sounded like something I knew I could do forever.

Area(s) of interest after graduation: Orientation. Extended Orientation, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Campus Activities/Student Involvement

Hobbies/Interests: Shopping, Watching Reality TV, Target with Catherine, and Reading


Mark Chavez | Director of Professional Development

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Undergraduate Degree: Animal Science with a minor in Biochemistry 

Undergraduate Institution: Texas State University

Why did you choose Student Affairs: I believe that my passion and drive to bring about change in our society is what drove me to go into student affairs in order to be a part of the respect and inclusivity that we need to teach and see more of right now, especially in our youth.

Area(s) of interest after graduation: Diversity and Inclusion, Student Conduct, Health & Fitness

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy hiking, working out, and eating healthy (Health Junkie)




Alicia Stites | Director of Finance

Hometown: Copperas Cove, Texas

Undergraduate Degree: Asian Studies

Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas at Austin

Why did you choose Student Affairs: After a few years of working in education and with non-profits, I found the most joy working with students on their post-secondary education aspirations. Student affairs allows me to engage with students and be a part of their growth and development.

Area(s) of interest after graduation: Diversity and Inclusion, Multiculturalism, International Education

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking, comics, sci-fi, and Judo.


Lanita Legan | GSAC Advisor and Associate Director of the LBJ Student Center

Lanita Legan advisor

Hometown:  Walden, Colorado

Undergraduate Degree:  B.A.  Communication, University of Northern Colorado

Graduate Degree:  M.Ed.  College Student Personnel Administration, Colorado State University

Why Student Affairs:  As a collegian, I found my out of classroom experiences to be excellent opportunities to practice leadership and organizational development.  When I discovered that I could have a career in doing just that, I was hooked!  Making a difference in students’ lives since then has been my mission and my passion!

What I like about GSAC:  This is an amazing group of students with whom to work.  They are passionate about their chosen career field and about bringing exceptional experiences to their cohort to enhance their academic work.  It is with great pleasure and pride that I serve as their advisor.

Hobbies/Interests: Golf, camping, reading, travel, my two dogs, family, photography, home improvement projects (of late).

GSAC Professional Development Scholarship

This scholarship will financially support members of the Graduate Student Affairs Council who choose to expand their student experience through various professional development opportunities. This scholarship covers up to $100 of a given registration fee for a professional development conference or webinar; reimbursement of registration or travel fees for a professional development conference or webinar; or a professional development non-textbook resource. Each academic year, the Graduate Student Affairs Council will award up to three $100 scholarships in the fall and spring semesters or a total of six scholarships for the year.