Dr. James P. Burkhalter, Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Texas Tech University, began his career in higher education as a Hall Director at Southern Methodist University, where he earned his B.B.A. in Accounting, and later a M.Th. degree in Theology from Perkins School of Theology. Following the completion of his theology degree, he moved to the University of Georgia, where he served as an Assistant Area Coordinator, Area Coordinator, and Assistant Director of Housing. He also earned his Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Georgia. Dr. Burkhalter has served as a Texas Tech administrator and adjunct faculty member since 1980.
Dr. Burkhalter arrived at Texas Tech University in July, 1980, in the capacity of Director of Housing and Dining Service and served in that position until 2000. At that time, he acted as Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students until 2001, when he was appointed as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. He was then appointed as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs effective in 2003. In July 2008, Dr. Burkhalter assumed his current position as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. Dr. Burkhalter also serves as an adjunct graduate faculty member in the Higher Education program in the College of Education.
Dr. Burkhalter has had significant involvement in a number of professional associations, such as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the American College Personnel Association, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International, the National Association of College and University Food Services, the Association of College Unions International, and the National Association of College Auxiliary Services. He is a past president of the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers, and served on the Journal Editorial Review Board of the Southern College Personnel Association. He has made over 50 presentations at various associations’ conferences and workshops.
Dr. Burkhalter and his wife, Beth, have two daughters, Sarah, who graduated from Texas Tech University in May, 2001, and Molly, who graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in May, 2005.