Dr. Robyn Driskell was appointed as Executive Director and President’s Chief of Staff by Interim President David Garland in June 2016. Dr. Driskell was appointed Vice President for Board Relations in October 2016. She earned her Ph.D. (1997) in sociology from Texas A&M University, and her BA (1991) and MA (1993) from Baylor University.
Prior to being appointed Chief of Staff, she served as Divisional Dean for the Humanities and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Baylor University.
She began her career at Baylor in 1997 in the department of sociology. She has also served in various capacities at Baylor University as the Executive Associate Dean, Graduate Program Director, Interim Director of the Institute for Church State Studies, and the Coordinator of Academic Assessment for SACS Accreditation. As Divisional Dean, her responsibilities included faculty issues, faculty interviews and hiring, and tenure reviews. Additionally, she worked closely with departmental chairs, oversaw departmental matters, difficult personnel issues, and conducted chair annual evaluations. Dr. Driskell’s main goal included supporting and advising faculty for their advancement.
Her scholarly research interests include community, demography and Latino studies. She has several peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics. Her recent books are entitled "The Community in Urban Society" (2012) and "The Discourse on Applied Sociology" (2007). She was awarded the Outstanding Professor Teaching Award (2002) and the Outstanding Graduate Program Director Award (2008) at Baylor, plus a several competitive summer sabbaticals and research leaves. She has served her sociology professional society in a variety of roles and was President of the Southwestern Sociological Association in 2008.