June 20, 2018
Dear Division of Student Affairs Team,
I am pleased to announce the newest member of the Division of Student Affairs. Dr. Marilyn A. Tyus will become the assistant vice president for University Housing and Dining on July 30. She will join the Division’s leadership team and will be responsible for the university’s 14 on-campus residence halls, university apartments and 13 dining and retail venues. Marilyn will also lead the Division’s efforts to strengthen living and learning environments for undergraduate and graduate students.
With 28 years of experience in student affairs, Marilyn brings with her an in-depth level of expertise and a broad skill set important to the UT Austin experience. She is an established leader in construction, facility management, contract negotiations, housing and dining.
Marilyn currently serves as senior director of housing and auxiliary services at the University of Michigan, where she has provided visionary and strategic leadership for a department that includes approximately 12,000 beds in 18 residence halls and 1,500 graduate and family apartments, with an operating budget of $140 million. She also oversees the auxiliary units of capital projects and marketing.
Prior to joining Michigan, Marilyn was the director of university housing at Georgia State University and held several leadership positions with University Housing Services at Illinois State University. She received her doctorate in higher education management from the University of Georgia, and a master of science in college student personnel at Illinois State University. She also earned a master of arts in psychological counseling from Southeast Missouri State University, and a bachelor of science in home economics from the University of Missouri.
Please join me in warmly welcoming Marilyn to the UT Austin community. We are confident that she will skillfully lead University Housing and Dining into the many new frontiers that await.
Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students