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Regents' Staff Members

The Board of Regents of The Texas State University annually selects an exceptional staff member from one component institution to receive the Regents' Staff Member Award. The award recognizes staff who excel in six areas: commitment to the university and its mission; job competency; collegiality; duration of service; community involvement; and exceptional achievement. Honorees receive a framed resolution, a medallion, and a check for $3,000, and retain the title of Regents’ Staff Member for life.



Joe Meyer - Texas State University
Joe Meyer arrived at Texas State in January 1989 as a planning analyst for the Office of Institutional Research. He became assistant director of the Institutional Research office in 1993 and director in 1996. Joe serves on the Student Information System (SIS) Steering Committee, Data Stewardship Committee, Retention Analysis Council, Enrollment Management Council, University Council and the University Survey Committee at Texas State. He also serves on committees of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Association for Institutional Research.


Susie Fortenberry - Lamar Institute of Technology
Susie Fortenberry is the executive assistant to the president of Lamar Institute of Technology. She has worked in the "Lamar Family" of institutions for more than 45 years, providing outstanding support to the executive staff of numerous departments and divisions. Ms. Fortenberry has garnered numerous honors and awards for outstanding service, including the first-ever Lamar University System Regents’ Staff Award, and is a four-time winner of the Lamar Institute of Technology Staff Excellence Award.



Donna Blaisdell - Lamar University
Donna Blaisdell is the executive assistant to the director of library services at Lamar University. She has worked at Lamar University for more 27 years, serving in a variety of departments and capacities. Ms. Blaisdell has played an active role in many university events including Cardinal Lights, open houses, blood drives and United Way campaigns. Her achievements include receiving the LU Regent’s Award in 1989 and two nominations for LU staff awards.