Veronica “Ronnye” Vargas Stidvent
A longtime leader in state and national education policy, Veronica “Ronnye” Vargas Stidvent was the Chancellor of WGU Texas from 2014 to June 2017. Prior to joining WGU Texas, Stidvent served in a number of prominent roles in Texas higher education and federal policy.
Most recently, she was President of CEA Consulting, LLC and a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. In 2016, Stidvent was appointed to the State of Texas Governor’s Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs.
She has served as Head of Education and Training at Dimensional Fund Advisors and as Program Director for The University of Texas Hispanic Leadership Initiative and Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders at the McCombs School of Business. In addition, Stidvent was the inaugural Director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
From 2004 to 2007, Stidvent served as Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she provided advice and counsel to the Secretary of Labor on issues including immigration reform, worker health and safety, and job training. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Secretary, she served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Policy.
She served on The University of Texas Commission of 125, a group of citizens convened to express a vision of how the university can best serve Texas and society during the next 25 years. Stidvent also served on the 2009 Travis County Elections Study Group, which evaluated concerns with the current voting system and issued recommendations for future upgrades and improvements.
In 2009, she was appointed to a six-year term on the Texas Commission on Human Rights. In that capacity, she oversaw the management, budget, and strategy of the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission. Stidvent was honored by the National Association of Hispanic Publishers as a Latina Role Model. She is also a recipient of the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award from The University of Texas Ex-Students’ Association.
A native of El Paso, Texas, Ronnye received her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Yale.
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