• Residence Life Staff

    Director of Residence Life

    Under the supervision of the Dean of Students, the Director of Residential Life provides overall leadership and administration for the department including strategic planning and goal setting, policies and procedures, staff supervision, budget management, risk management, and the development and assessment of co-curricular initiatives and services designed to advance student success.

    Residence Director

    The Residence Director (RD) is a full-time, live-in staff employee of Hardin-Simmons University. These staff members are committed to shaping your experience at HSU through personal development, intellectual engagement and spiritual formation.

    • Timothy R. Schmidt:

      Title of your position: Resident Director
      Years of service @ HSU: 5 years
      Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Business Administration (2006) and Master of Business Administration (2011)

      What do you love most about Student Life at HSU?
      I have been a part of Student Life at HSU since 2002, when I came here as a Freshman. The University pours so much time, energy, and resources into the lives of the students! I love the commitment to Student Life here at HSU!

      What is your favorite part about your job as an RD?
      As an RD, I am living amongst the students and have an opportunity to be a part of their lives. My RDs spoke so much encouragement and truth into my life here at HSU, I greatly enjoy getting to do the same for our current students.

      How would you describe our unique HSU Student Life experience?
      HSU is a small community and yet there is more than enough room for everyone! There are so many places for students to plug-in and utilize their talents and abilities. If you have a passion for something, we have a place for you to lead and inspire others in that area.

      What is something that “geeks you out!”?
      I am deeply passionate about the study of Leadership, and how leaders are called to impact the lives of people around them. I am easily drawn into conversations about leadership, management, HSU history, and shooting sports.

      What are some things you enjoy about living in Abilene?
      I have lived in Abilene full time since 2005, and have come to love this city. The local culture is so unique and welcoming to college students. While Abilene is a small city, there is still plenty to do when I am with my friends and family.

    • Haley Higbee

      Title of your position: Residence Director
      Years of service @ HSU: New Hire
      Degrees Earned: Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communications and Public Relations

      What do you love most about Student Life at HSU?
      I love that in every way, we are all trying to tie each part of Student Life together. We aren’t separated into different groups like student organizations or Baptist Student Ministry, we’re all one big family who wants students to succeed and have the best college experience possible.

      What is your favorite part about your job as an RD?
      My favorite part about being an RD is that I get to be in constant communication with students. Doing life with students in the best part of this job and there’s no better place to be than in the residence halls with the students.

      How would you describe our unique HSU Student Life experience?
      I think Hardin-Simmons Student Life is different because the RDs fall under Student Life here. I love that I get to be involved with students every day and help connect them to different student organizations or groups here on campus, which isn’t the same at other universities.

      What is something that “geeks you out?!”
      Two of my favorite things in the world are coffee and traveling. I absolutely love coffee. I love drinking a good, sweet cup of coffee and trying all the different types. I also love to travel any chance I get. I love riding in planes or cars. I love meeting new people and being in different environments every once and a while. One of my goals is to go to every continent in my life time.

      What are some things you enjoy about living in Abilene?
      I like that Abilene has a lot to do, but it’s not a big city. I grew up in Arlington and it was always crazy with traffic and people and everything. I like Abilene because you get a little taste of that, which is just the right amount.

    • John McCormick

      Title of your position: Residence Director
      Years of service @ HSU: 2 years
      Degrees Earned: BBS Psychology Minor in Exercise Science

      What do you love most about Student Life at HSU?
      I love the variety of programs that we offer. Coming in as a non-traditional student could have been difficult, but because of the close knit atmosphere and the assortment of programs available here at HSU, I was able to find my fit and thrive.

      What is your favorite part about your job as an RD?
      I love the freedom we have to connect to students. We are able to build relationships rather than just watching over them.

      How would you describe our unique HSU Student Life experience?
      There are so many things going on here on campus, it is actually difficult not to find something that you can plug into. Chances are if you’re into something, we offer a program for it, and if we don’t offer we are very supportive with student’s efforts to start new programs.

      What is something that “geeks you out!”?
      I love to learn about new things. If you look at my computer at any given moment, chances are there are several tabs opened to random and seemingly unrelated Google searches.

      What are some things you enjoy about living in Abilene?
      I have had the opportunity to live in many places around the world, and I can honestly say that Abilene is one of my favorites. Abilene’s atmosphere is one that allows you to relax and just take in all that it has to offer. We have a small town feel while still possessing the amenities of a much larger city.

    Resident Assistant

    The Resident Assistant (RA) will assist the Resident Director in maintaining housing policies and procedures. They will be living in your wing and fostering community in the ResHalls. Students just like you, our RA’s are your first line of communication for any questions or concerns that might arise while you are living with us.

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