Vice President for Inclusive Excellence at Texas State University
Dr. Gigi Secuban currently serves as the inaugural vice president for Inclusive Excellence (VPIE) at Texas State University.
Secuban comes to Texas State from Ohio University, where she served as vice president for Diversity and Inclusion since 2018. While at Ohio University, she led the university to 5 straight years as a HEED award winner.
In this inaugural role, Secuban will guide and coordinate diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) efforts at Texas State. The intent is to foster an inclusive and equitable environment, where Bobcats of all backgrounds and identities feel safe and valued, can learn and grow, and achieve their fullest potential. The VPIE will report to the president and serve as a trusted advisor and member of the president’s cabinet.
Secuban brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education to Texas State. Between 2012 and 2018, she served as associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has been responsible for DEIA efforts, providing educational opportunities for students, faculty and staff around the various dimensions of diversity and intersections of identities, overseeing cultural and resource centers, creating and promoting an inclusive excellence strategic plan with university partners, fundraising to support DEIA, elevating DEIA through branding and assessing the campus climate.
Secuban also served 15 years at the University of Arkansas in various capacities, including senior associate director for the Freshman Engineering Program, director of the University’s Multicultural Center and director of Student Affairs and Diversity Services in the College of Education and Health Professions.
Secuban earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in health science/community health, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas.