Residence Life

Our staff is dedicated to the learning experience of our students by building a community cultivated in a Christ-centered and transformative living environment.

Meet Your ResLife Staff!

Francis EdwardsPosition: Director of Residence Life

Hometown: Bristow, OK

Degrees Earned: B.A. Applied Ministry, Youth Emphasis Minor: Bible | Oklahoma Baptist University and M.S. Adult and Higher Education | University of Southern Maine

What are your hobbies? I’m a sports guy, not write-a-fan-book sports guy, but I enjoy sports in general. Football is my favorite, and I grew up playing basketball, but later in life have developed an affinity for wrestling. I’ll talk most, some better than others. I also am a big fan of working with my hands, be it building things with wood, minimal mechanic work, or even knitting. I have always enjoyed getting to fix or create. I also have a beautiful wife Holly and two kids, Emma and Cohen, who always keep life fun and interesting.

How many years have you been in Residence Life? I started working in Residence life in August of 2013.

What is your favorite part about being in this field? The most worthwhile thing in life is helping others develop, and my favorite part of my job besides providing optimal living experiences for students, is having one-on-one conversations that give me a chance to encourage them in their lives and studies, but to in-turn be impacted by every student who walks into my office.

What advice would you give prospective students coming to HSU? Hardin-Simmons truly has a family atmosphere, and it is important to take pride in your family, how it influences you and speaks into your identity as a person of value, but also how you help shape it and carry on its namesake.

Jagger GranPosition: Residence Director Ferguson Hall & Nix Hall

Hometown: Shoreview, Minn.

Degrees earned: M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education, B.A. in Theology/Philosophy and Biology

What are your hobbies?: Board games, Sports, Learning, and Languages

How many years in Residence Life? How long and what capacity?: 4 years as an R.A. and 2 years as an R.D.

What is your favorite thing about being in this field?: Discipleship and other growth among students and staff

Why did you apply to be in Residence Life?: I wanted to grow as a leader and be a part of the indescribable college experience.

What advice would you give those attending HSU?: Say yes to every opportunity. Be the roommate you want your roommate to be (Matthew 7:12, Luke 6:31, Galatians 5:14, Romans 13:9).

Chris Harvey HSUPosition:Residence Director, UP Apartments & On Campus Housing

Hometown: Longmont, Colorado

Degrees earned: Bachelor of Arts from Metropolitan State University of Denver

What are your hobbies?: Spending time with my wife and daughters, playing golf and other sports, watching shows and movies, reading, and some other things.


How many years in Residence Life? How long and what capacity?: I have been a Residence Director for the past three years.

What is your favorite thing about being in this field?: I really enjoy getting to spend time with many of the residents of the apartments. Whether it is at our apartment events or getting coffee or a meal with them.

Why did you apply to be in Residence Life?: I taught middle school before I came to Hardin-Simmons and one of my favorite parts of that job was getting to know my students and having one-on-one conversations with them about life. I thought that this job would be a better opportunity to get to know students and to connect with students who are in a pivotal part of their life. I just enjoy getting to know people and this job was a great opportunity for that. It was also a great chance for my wife and I to further our educations as well.

What advice would you give those attending HSU?: Give yourself time to connect and experience college. It might take time, but as long as you give HSU a chance you will find it’s a great place to learn and grow and will enjoy every minute that you are here. Just be patient and involve yourself as much as you can.

Joshua HazenPosition: Residence Director, Behrens Hall

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Degrees earned: B.S. International Business; M.S. Higher Education Leadership and Student Development (Expected Graduation Summer 2021).

What are your hobbies?: I like to run, hike, play video games, watch sports, eat good food, and read.

How many years in Residence Life? How long and what capacity? I started in Residential Life as a Graduate Assistant in 2019 at California Baptist University. I had diverse work experiences before pivoting in higher education by working in a corporate job and multiple international internships.

What is your favorite thing about being in this field? I love being able to build relationships with students as they grow professionally, personally, and spiritually. Working with developing students and helping them grow in seasons of hardship is always rewarding when they become more competent and confident in their skills. The fact that I get to work with, develop, and invest in the younger generation makes this job incredible.

Why did you apply to be in Residence Life?  What advice would you give those attending HSU? I applied to be an RD, due to the impact that my Resident Director had on me. Going into college, I wasn’t confident in my speech and struggled academically, but my RD Scott helped me build a community that has been active to this day. My heart breaks for students who feel like a number or can’t find a sense of belonging, which prompted me to pivot into a role to guide and mentor developing students. The advice I would give to HSU students is to enjoy each day and make the most of your college experience. If you’re intentional with your time, especially in the challenging seasons, you will look back and realize that the relationship you made has and will impact you for the rest of your life.

Angelica RamirezPosition: Residence Director Anderson Hall

Hometown: Austin, TX

Degrees earned: Bachelors of Science in Biology

What are your hobbies?: Painting, Yoga, Zumba, and being outside

How many years in Residence Life? How long and what capacity?: 4 years – 2 years of being a Resident Assistant in girls dorm at Howard Payne University and 2 years Resident Assistant for apartments at Howard Payne University.

What is your favorite thing about being in this field?: My favorite thing about working in Residence Life is getting to meet students of all different backgrounds and walks of life.

Why did you apply to be in Residence Life?: I enjoyed it as both a resident and staff member from all the lifelong connections I was able to make. The community you develop during college is many times the people living next door to you, and who you go to events with, so I believe being intentional in Residence Life can drastically impact a students college experience for the better. If there is anyway I can enrich a students experience at HSU, I want to be a part of that!

What advice would you give those attending HSU?: Be intentional with your experience here! It is apart of God’s divine plan that you are at HSU, every person you encounter, event you attend and class you take is all for a reason!

Tori WestPosition: Residence Director of Lange Residence Hall

Hometown: Midland, TX

Degrees Earned: B.B.S in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University

What are your Hobbies? I love doing anything outdoors. Hiking, camping, and lake days are my jam. I really enjoy traveling, particularly to other countries. I love getting to meet new people and experience new cultures. I also really enjoy game nights and spending time with my family. 

How many years in Residence Life? This is my first year working in Residence Life.

What is your favorite thing about working in Student Life/Higher Education/Residence life? My favorite thing about working with students on campus is really getting to know them and walk with them in such a transformational time of their life. College is a major growing point for so many and I love getting to be right in the middle of watching people discover who God has made them to be.

Why did you apply to be in Residence Life? The community you develop in college has the ability to have a huge impact on your life. I love the idea of getting to be a part of helping to develop a culture that is loving and encouraging.

What advice would you give those attending HSU? Seek God with all your heart and be excited for what He has in store for you at HSU. Put yourself out there and be intentional to build community! The college experience is really sweet to do with friends alongside you.