Joey Chandler

Honorary Membership
Sam Houston State University

Deceased September 25, 2020

Joey Chandler began her TACRAO membership in 1977 at Corpus Christi participating in the famous "stuff the hot tub contest".  She said it was great to have a "family" on the road for so many years as she toured the state.  She enjoyed the many professionals she had the opportunity to work with, learn from and cook with, especially Bill Thomas from Tyler Junior College, Mel Marshall from Kilgore College, and learning to use the CB radio, Good Buddy!  She felt fortunate to meet Don Palermo and Marcilla Collinsworth as her first contacts with another university. 

After receiving her BS from East Texas State University, now known as Texas A&M University - Commerce, and while completing her MS at East Texas, she served as a School Relations Advisor from 1977 to 1979.  Quickly advancing in our profession, from 1979 through 1984 she was the Director of School Relations at Trinity Valley Community College.  In 1984 she moved to Sam Houston State University as Assistant Director of Admissions/Recruitment and later in 1992 she became the Director of Undergraduate Admissions.  Joey completed her career as Director of Sam Houston State's Visitor Center. 

Joey's community service included serving on the Huntsville Convention and Visitors Bureau Council Board of Directors and on the Alpha Omega Academy Board of Trustees.  She is active in the Huntsville Church of Christ.   Joey is married to King Chandler. They have two sons, Jacob and Cody.  Jacob and his wife, Lucrecia, both work at SHSU. Cody and his wife, Andrea, have one child, Aiden. Joey is eager to see her grandson in Georgia.  

Joey's TACRAO service began almost immediately when she started her first position back in 1977, as she served the organization at annual meetings as recorder, moderator, facilitator, presenter and committee member on several program committees. She was appointed to serve on a number of standing committees including Strategic Enrollment Management, High School Relations, and Local Arrangements.  She chaired the Undergraduate Admissions Program committee in 1985-86.  

Joey sends her best and says keep up the good work recruiting, admitting and educating the students of Texas.

For her unwavering commitment to our profession and for her record of dedicated service to TACRAO, we are pleased to confer upon Joey Chandler TACRAO Honorary Membership with all the rights and privileges thereto.