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 Edwards HSUPosition: 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.

Position: Assistant Director of Housing

Hometown: Odessa Texas

Degrees Earned:  Bachelor of Science in EC-12 Music Education Voice from
Abilene Christian University

What are your hobbies? Spending time with my wife and daughter, playing
the cello, singing, writing, watching movies, and cooking.

How many years have you been in Residence Life? 5 years in Residence
Life

What is your favorite part of being in this field? I am inspired by the
brilliant students that I come across. It blesses me to be able to pour into them
and impact one of the most formative experiences of their lives.

Why did you apply to be in Residence Life? I applied to be in Residence
Life because I believe in its ability to educate, empower, and enrich students
and their experience.

What advice would you give prospective students coming to HSU? Since
you are about to embark on a journey of discovery of self and education make
sure that you come to HSU open. Open and ready to be poured into and to
pour out. This is how you will have the collegiate experience that you are
looking for.

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

Hometown: Longmont, Colorado

Degrees Earned: Master of Arts from Metropolitan State University of Denver

What are your hobbies? Spending time with my wife and daughter, playing golf and other sports, watching shows and movies, reading, and probably a few other things I can’t think of right now.

How many years have you been in Residence Life? I just finished my first year in Residence Life.

What is your favorite part of being in this field? I really enjoy getting to spend time with all of the guys in the building. Whether that is watching movies, grabbing some food, or just having a talk in my office. I really enjoy getting to know new people.

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.

What advice would you give prospective students coming to 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.

Position: Residence Director of Ferguson and Nix

Hometown: Park Hills, Missouri

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Science-Business Management

Hobbies: Road trips/Traveling/Adventuring, Woodworking and building things, Golfing, and watching movies.

Favorite part of being in this Field: Being able to work alongside students and openly talk about my faith and experiences with them. College is a new adventure, being away from friends and family, making decisions on your own for maybe the first time. I like being able to talk with young men through this stage of life and answer or seek answers to questions that they have.

Applying to be in Residence Life: My resident assistant really helped me when I first got to college, so I wanted to be an RA. When I was an RA, my residence director had a huge impact on me as a young man and my spiritual standing. I love to help people and be there for them, but I have a passion to help young men become great men, spiritual men, and gentlemen.

Advice for prospective students to HSU: There is a lot of things to do in college, enjoy it! Some of my best stories and memories are from my time in college. I made many amazing friends from all over the world while I was in college. Have fun and go to campus events and meet people but take classes seriously. Learn how to master time-management. Make your classes and grades a priority. Find a church to be a part of during your time in college, be a part of a church family!

Anna ArringtonPosition: Female Residence Director,  Lange Hall

Hometown: Allen, Texas

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Music from Oklahoma Baptist University

What are your hobbies? My favorite thing is simply being around people. I love classic Rom-Coms, board games and watching shows like New Girl, Parks and Rec, and The Office. I’ve always been interested in music and love singing, dancing, and attending concerts with friends. In my downtime, you can typically find me taking BuzzFeed quizzes, online shopping, or enjoying a nice bowl of BlueBell ice cream.

How many years have you been in Residence Life? I worked in Residence Life at OBU for 3 years as a student, but this is my first year as a Resident Director!

What is your favorite part about being in this field? I love Residence Life because it is where, as a student, you learn so many lessons, make so many memories, and grow in a way that is different from any other experience. I am so excited that I get the opportunity to live alongside and invest in college students as they are learning to live with new people, find community away from home and as they build friendships that will last them a lifetime. I have a huge desire to know students, to serve them, and to love them as Christ does!

What advice would you give prospective students coming to HSU? LIVE IT UP. Get involved on campus, ask for help, get to know the faculty and staff, make time for school and for fun. HSU has so many opportunities for you to learn and succeed here, don’t take these for granted! Make sure to explore Abilene and get involved in not only HSU’s community but the community of Abilene as well. These four years will go by so much faster than you realize, so be present where you are in the good times and even in the stressful times.

Josh PumphreyPosition: Resident Director, Behrens Hall

Hometown: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a Minor in Bible

What are your hobbies? My favorite hobby is probably sonic runs for cheddar peppers with my soon-to-be wife. I also love watching the NBA (Go Thunder!) as well as College Football (Go Pokes!). I can quote The Office in my sleep and am an avid fan of other shows such as Parks and Recreation, How I Met Your Mother, and New Girl.  I also enjoy reading and learning new things. In the Fall of 2019, I am starting my Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs so a lot of my free time will be spent towards class once again.  

How many years have you been in Residence Life? I worked as an RA for three years in college, but as of June 2019, I am starting my first year as a professional in Residence Life.

What is your favorite part about being in this field?  I loved working as an RA while I was in school and it gave me a passion for Higher Education. Higher Ed would not be possible without the students, so it is my desire to serve them, know them, love them, and point them to Christ during the short time they will be at school.  

What advice would you give prospective students coming to HSU? Soak in every minute of it. At the end of your (approximately) 4 years here, you will look back wondering where the time went, so it is important to live in the moment. The great philosopher Andy Bernard once said, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”

Bailey JohnsonPosition: Female Residence Director, Anderson Hall

Hometown: Llano, Texas

Degrees Earned: BBS of Human Services Administration, anticipated MEd of International Higher Education

What are your hobbies? I love going to plays & concerts, but you can always find me outside on a hike or paddle boarding!

How many years have you been in Residence Life? This is my first year in Reslife and I’m so excited to jump in this year!

What is your favorite part about being in this field? I have a special interest in the things that students go through in the transition from high school to adult life. There is always something to learn about from one another and from the process of branching out. I love that I get to have the chance to be an agent of that for incoming students.

What advice would you give prospective students coming to HSU? The college experience is exactly what you make it. Want to get involved in all the groups HSU has to offer? Do that. Want to find your people and just stick to one activity? Do that. You have the chance to make life long friends and discover who you are and want to be, don’t waste that chance!