Jody Randall (she/her/hers) is the inaugural Director of the Office of LGBTQIA at Texas Tech University. This collaborative role reporting directly to the chief student affairs and chief diversity officers best positions Jody to be the institution’s senior advocate for matters influencing campus inclusivity of LGBTQIA students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Her work across educational and sociopolitical arenas has been recognized by her peers, as most recently demonstrated by her selection to serve as the Public Policy Liaison for the Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).
Prior to joining the Red Raiders in January, 2017, Jody served fifteen years at Murray State University (MSU) where she founded the Office of LGBT Programming after serving in several other capacities, including Coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity. During her time with MSU, Jody was the recipient of many honors, including the President’s Award for Diversity and Inclusion and a Staff Excellence Award.
Throughout her professional life, Jody has contributed to the leadership of many advocacy, educational, and service-oriented organizations. Her abundance of Execute energy (5 Dynamics) has often led her to senior positional leadership roles, such as Board Chair or President, including Equality Federation Institute, Kentucky Fairness Alliance (now Fairness Campaign), Heartland CARES, Inc. and Jim Collins Foundation (current President).
Jody holds a Master’s of Science in Human Development and Leadership, a Bachelor’s of Integrated Studies in Human Services, and an Associates in General Studies from MSU. She is currently exploring doctoral program options in educational policy.
In January, 2018, Jody was ordained and installed as a ruling elder Presbyterian USA Church at Covenant Presbyterian in Lubbock.
Her term on the Board expires June 13, 2020.