Dean of Students' Office
Lowman Student Center
Huntsville, TX 77341-2508
Dr. Chelsea K. Smith
Senior Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement & Retention and Parent & Family Relations
Assistant Dean of Students for
Student Engagement & Retention and
Parent & Family Relations
Title: Dean of Students
Years at SHSU: 15 years
Years in Higher Education: 35 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BS, M.Ed.
John grew up in Denver, Colorado. He attended Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) receiving a BS in Human Development/Family Studies and an M.Ed in College Student Personnel Administration. John has spent his entire professional life in student affairs and prior to coming to SHSU has worked at Concordin College (MN), Saint Bonaventure University (NY), Saint Mary's University (TX), Thiel College (PA), and Houston Baptist University (TX). In addition to overseeing The Dean of Students Staff, Dean Yarabeck serves as an advocate for students, oversees the Student Grievance process, chairs the Students of Concerns (SOC) Team and coordinates the Crisis Team. He also serves as a Freshmen Leaders Program (FLP) Liason and Student Government Association (SGA) Advisor. John enjoys attending SHSU athletic and theater events. He is also active in the University Heights Baptist Church, overseeing the Young Professionals Small Group and Head Usher. He also serves as Vice President of the Huntsville Cruisers (classic car club).
Dr. Chelsea K. Smith
Title: Senior Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement & Retention and Parent & Family Relations
Years at SHSU: 9 years
Years in Higher Education: 13 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: EdD, MEd, BA
Chelsea Smith is originally from Austin, Texas where she attended Texas State University-San Marcos and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Master's of Education in Student Affairs. At Texas State University she was an Academic Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts and a graduate research assistant and intern for the Office of Greek Life. She most recently graduated from SHSU with a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Higher Education). Chelsea currently oversees all aspects of Student Engagement & Retention and Parent & Family Relations. Her responsibilities include overseeing Bearkat Family Weekend, Orange Keys Official University Ambassadors, Raven's Call, Keys of Excellence, Student Government Association, Expressive Activity, and SHSU Parents' Association. She is also a Title IX Decision Maker and Hearing Officer. She works closely with the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Engagement & Retention and Parent & Family Relations.
Title: Associate Dean of Students for Judicial Affairs and Student Development
Years at SHSU: 10 years
Years in Higher Education: 12 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BA, MA
Jerrell Sherman is a Houston, Texas native and is a proud alumnus of Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. He then went on to obtain his Master's Degree in Advertising/Marketing Communications from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Jerrell is currently completing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at SHSU. He serves as Dean of Judicial Affairs along with having other responsibilities such as overseeing the Student Guidelines, Student Grievances, Felony Conviction Admissions Screenings, serving on the Student of Concern committee, and serving on the Campus Crisis and Safety team. Jerrell is also the Dean of Greek Life where his responsibilities include but are not limited to event planning, policy writing, branding, marketing/pr campaigns, web development, advising the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Order of Omega, and providing oversight for the entire Greek Life program and Greek Staff.
Title: Assistant Dean of Students for Student Engagement & Retention and Parent & Family Relations
Years at SHSU: 4 years
Years in Higher Education: 4 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BA, MBA
Lindsay is a Lifetime Alumni Member of Sam Houston having received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Marketing. As the Assistant Dean for the Dean of Students' Office, Lindsay's primary responsibilities are to oversee Student Engagement & Retention programming and marketing, provide programming and support as the University Advisor for the SHSU Parents' Association, and plan Bearkat Family Weekend. She facilitates the Freshmen Leadership Program as well as the Raven Scholars Program. Lindsay also supervises the student assistants for Student Engagement & Retention.
Title: Assistant Director of Greek Life
Years at SHSU: New Employee
Years in Higher Education: 18 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: Ed.D., M.A., BS, EC-12 Special Education, 8-12 Social Studies (TEA)
Mark is a native of Dallas, Texas. Received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science/Sociology from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas (now Texas A&M-Commerce). Obtained his Master's Degree in Theology from The Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. Completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership/Administration from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. His research topic: Factors Effecting Graduation Rates of Black Male, Football and Basketball Players at Division I-A, Revenue Producing Institutions. Mark will be overseeing and providing leadership to the Greek Life program.
Title: Administrative Coordinator III
Years at SHSU: 14 years
Years in Higher Education: 14 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BS, MS
Erika has been employed with Sam Houston State University since 2014 as a student worker. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from SHSU in 2008 and her Master of Arts in Sociology from SHSU in 2016. She currently works in the Dean of Students' Office after transferring from the Office of Student Affairs. She is responsible for budget management, purchasing, travel, parking appeals coordination, and the budgetary needs of Student Government Association.
Title: Administrative Associate I
Years at SHSU: 13 years
Years in Higher Education: 13 years
Teresa has been employed with Sam Houston State University since September 2007. She currently works in the Dean of Students' Office in the Division of Student Affairs after transferring from the Registrar's Office with Enrollment Management Division. Her responsibilities include: scheduling appointments for the Dean and Associate Dean of Students and coordination of Judicial Affairs process. She serves on the Parking and Transportation Committee and assist with Parking Appeals.