Executive Cabinet

The GSA Executive officers are elected by the Assembly (which consists of one representative from each graduate program) for one-year terms.

Elise LealElise Leal


PhD Candidate, History

Alex Prine

Vice President

PhD Student, Sociology

Channing CochranChanning Cochran

Director of Operations

PsyD Student, Clinical Psychology

Courtney Kurinec

Director of Outreach

PhD Student, Psychology/Neuroscience

Katie Robbins

Graduate School Liaison

PhD Student, Higher Education Studies & Leadership


Social Life Committee

The Social Life Committee organizes and plans events that encourage community among Baylor graduate students. This includes GSA's four largest events: Grads on the Water in the Summer, the Football Tailgate Mixer in the Fall, and the bi-annual Graduate Student Days at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market.
Chair: Tom Millay, PhD Student, Religion.

Academic Affairs Committee

The Academic Affairs Committee deals with matters directly affecting the academic life of the graduate student body. This includes supervising the Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Program. Additionally, the Committee organizes the 3 Minute Thesis Competition in the Fall and the Graduate Program Director Picnic in the Spring during Graduate Student Appreciation Week.
Chair: Jeff Strietzel, PhD Student, Higher Education Studies & Leadership

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee works to enhance Baylor University policies in order to better serve the interests of graduate students and advocate for their unique needs. This includes health insurance, parental leave, spousal and childcare benefits, and support for international graduate students.
Chair: Nicole Bouchard, PhD Student, English

Service Committee

The newly-established Service Committee seeks to create and promote opportunities for graduate students to serve the university and local community, thereby helping to foster a more rounded and holistic graduate student experience. This currently includes organizing and maintaining the Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP). The committee will seek to discover what service looks like specifically at the graduate student level, and will work to facilitate new ways for graduate students to engage in philanthropic activities within the Baylor and Waco communities.
Chair: Erica Swindle, PhD Student, Math