Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She also received a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics in 1988. While working full-time on campus, Jennifer completed her master’s degree at A&M in Higher Education Administration in 1994. She received her Ph.D. in the same field in 1998. Her dissertation was titled, “Occupational Progress and Career Planning of Former Football Players in the Newly Created Big 12 Conference”.
Jennifer joined the staff of The Association of Former Students in May 2001 as the Director of Travel. The travel program offers trips all over the world and on all 7 continents. When Jennifer started with The Association, only 10-12 trips per year were being offered. The program has grown to 80 plus trips per year with approximately 1,500 former students traveling with the Aggies in 2019.
Jennifer an emeritus board member from higher education/colleges/universities on the Executive Advisory Board of the National Educational Travel Conference. Jennifer has presented and moderated several sessions annually at the national travel conference, which attracts over 600 attendees from all over the world. Jennifer chaired and hosted the 2013 Southeast Travel Planner Conference for schools from the SEC and beyond. Jennifer also serves on the Alumni Council for Oceania Cruises.
During her 20 years with the Traveling Aggies, she has visited around 90 countries and hosted over 275 trips. During 2019 she was on the road for 237 days. Jennifer had the honor of hosting 18 Traveling Aggies trips with 439 travelers on these trips. In 2019 she had traveled almost 200,000 miles all over the world
Prior to her joining the Traveling Aggies, Jennifer worked at Texas A&M University for 10 years. She was an Academic Counselor in the Ag Economics department from 1990-1994, then accepted a position to develop and direct the Athletic Career Services Program. In this capacity she was in charge of student-athletes’ summer employment, jobs upon graduation, and NCAA employment compliance. This was a joint endeavor between the Athletic Department, the Career Center, and the Compliance Office.
Jennifer spent 2 years at the University of Minnesota as the Director of Student-Athlete Development. She was in charge of 700 student-athletes’ community service, career development, leadership programming, and personal development. Jennifer authored a textbook with Prentice Hall publishers in 2000 titled Career Game Plan for Student-Athletes. Jennifer has also taught numerous classes at Minnesota and Texas A&M including Life Skills, Succeeding in College, Career Development, and Leadership Development.
She has been involved in the community in many capacities, including Past Presidents of the Brazos County A&M Club, the College Station Noon Lions, the B/CS Jaycees, and the University Advisors and Counselors. She is a Leadership Brazos Alumni and a former ABWA Woman of the Year. Jennifer was on the Advisory Board for the Division IA Athletic Directors Association for 4 years. Additionally, she was on the 2001 NCAA Final Four Committee.
Jennifer was faculty advisor for Squadron One of the Corps of Cadets from 1994-1999, winning the Advisor of the Year Award in 1995.
Jennifer grew up in Houston, Texas, attending Bellaire High School. She currently resides in Bryan.