Dr. Marcia Hawkins
- Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, 1987
- Master of Science in Education, Analytic Teaching, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1994
- Doctor of Philosophy, History, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, 2000
Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D., came to Union from Fort Worth, Texas. As the proud granddaughter and great granddaughter of West Virginia coal miners, she has strong roots in Appalachia. Dr. Hawkins was the first in her family to pursue a college degree, so higher education is something she takes very seriously.
Her undergraduate degree was earned non-traditionally. Dr. Hawkins was studying part-time at a community college, and followed that by evening classes for several years, all while working full time and taking care of her home and family. She earned her undergraduate degree, a BBA in Finance, in 1987. She went back to school a few years later to pursue a Masters of Science in Education, and followed that with a Doctor of Philosophy in Transatlantic History.
Dr. Hawkins has extensive experience in higher education. She held various positions of authority at Texas Wesleyan University from 1989 to 2001; was president of the Texas Independent College Foundation from 2003 until 2010; and served as head of advancement for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education from 2010 to March 2012. Her experience also includes ten years with Texas Commerce Bank, now Chase Bank, and two years as assistant director of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. She became 19th president of Union College on July 1, 2012.