Cathie Jackson

Honorary Membership
Tarrant County College

Cathie Jackson retired from Tarrant Count College District as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Services in 2009.  However, she agreed to take on the role of Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Services until February 2010, after her Chancellor asked her to do that.  When she began her career in 1968, she worked as support staff at the University of Texas at Arlington.  She moved to Mountain View College as Assistant Registrar in 1973 and worked there a couple of years before moving  to Tarrant County, where she worked for thirty-five years in several positions including Registrar, Director of Admissions and Records, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Services.

One of Cathie's colleagues stated that "Cathie is the Encyclopedia of Admissions for our Institution.  More accurately, the dictionary!  She recalls the greatest details with accuracy, and is one of the few who deeply reads memos and emails and searches for the meaning... Despite remarkable intelligence, almost perfect recall, and a strong work ethic, she remains one of the most humble colleagues I've ever had."

Cathie graduated in 1960 from Spring Branch High School in Houston. She returned to school later in life, a single mom, to earn her BA and MA degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1970 and 1981 respectively.  In 1991 she was awarded her Ph.D. degree from the University of North Texas.  She's also attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas; A&M in College Station; Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington; Mountain View College and Tarrant County College.

Cathie has served in many capacities during her years in TACRAO including moderator, recorder, and presenter.  She served on many committees including Local Arrangements, Honorary Membership, and Nominations, as well as several program committees.  Cathie served on the TACRAO Executive Committee as Treasurer for two years and Secretary-Treasurer for one year, then as President Elect, President, and Past President in 1982 - 1985.

Cathie and her husband Earl reside in Keller, Texas.  She has one daughter and three step-children.  She enjoys spending time in her yard, and has an extensive series of flower beds, decks, porches and sun rooms filled with plants and flowers.  Cathie also has a great love for books, once owning a small specialty bookstore.

For your contributions, vision, and professionalism to the association and friendships you made as you mentored others through the years, it gives me great pleasure to award Cathie Jackson honorary membership in TACRAO.