Senior Consultant

Emily Cutrer, Ph.D.


Executive Coaching; Onboarding and Transition; Organizational Assessment

Recently designated President Emeritus at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Dr. Emily Cutrer has spent nearly all of her forty-year career in higher education at institutions undergoing restructuring and change. Dr. Cutrer began her academic career as a faculty member in American Studies and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin in 1986, having completed her doctorate at UT-Austin the same year. The opportunity to be part of founding a new university—Arizona State University West—beckoned in 1990, however, and there, as associate professor and later professor and dean, she established the first liberal arts programs, developed partnerships with community colleges throughout Phoenix, led the first separate regional accreditation, and directed the campus’s transformation from an upper division institution to a full four-year and graduate campus. This experience of establishing a growing institution, founded to serve a previously underserved population, informed her subsequent position as Provost, from 2006 to 2013, at California State University San Marcos, where she oversaw academic planning and reorganization, and her decade-long presidency at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. As president, in Texarkana, she once again oversaw the growth and expansion of a new campus, increasing student access and success and successfully advocating with the legislature for degree and outreach programs that serve East Texas, historically the most educationally underserved region in the state.


Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Texas – Austin