Meet the VP

Dr. Gage E. Paine, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Gage E. Paine was named the Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin in August 2012. She provides leadership to a diverse staff of 775 higher education professionals who support students throughout their university experience by providing the best and most innovative programs, facilities and services. Dr. Paine manages a diverse portfolio comprised of some of the university’s largest non-academic units. They include departments overseeing 14 on-campus residence halls and their dining facilities, medical and mental health services, new student orientation, recreational sports, student activities (including 1,100+ student organizations), leadership development and two university unions.

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Throughout her 30-year career, Dr. Paine has been a leader in student affairs, from starting out as a resident assistant while an undergraduate to being appointed to student affairs leadership positions at four other Texas universities.

Previously, Dr. Paine served as Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Prior to UTSA, she was Vice President for Student Affairs at Trinity University, and an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life at Southern Methodist University (SMU).

Dr. Paine also served as Associate Dean of Students at The University of Texas at Austin and Associate Dean of Students at McMurry University. She has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level throughout her career.

Dr. Paine has presented at numerous conferences, including the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) national and Region III conferences. In March 2012, NASPA honored her with the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean and The NASPA Foundation recognized her as a Pillar of the Profession. In addition, she was appointed to a three-year position on the NASPA Foundation Board of Directors. In June 2011, NASPA Region III awarded Dr. Paine the John Jones Award for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer.

In 2008 and 2009, she served as director of the New Professionals Institute for the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA)/NASPA Region III after serving as a faculty member for four years. Dr. Paine has also held leadership roles with the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA), including serving as president in 1992-93. In 2009, TACUSPA honored Dr. Paine with the Dr. James (Jim) E. Caswell Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Leadership. In May 2014, the UT Austin Higher Education Administration Program honored Dr. Paine with the inaugural Dr. V. Ray Cardozier Alumni Excellence Award. The award recognizes a graduate of the doctoral program who recently demonstrated excellence in their scholarly and professional work.

Dr. Paine earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a doctor of jurisprudence from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor of Arts in Letters from the University of Oklahoma.