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ASU Again Named a National ‘Great College to Work For’

September 12, 2022

For the eighth straight year, Angelo State University has been designated one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” and will be featured in a Sept. 16 special edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, the major national news source for college and university faculty and administrators.

ASU is one of only 68 institutions of higher education recognized nationally by the ModernThink strategic human capital consulting firm – and also ranked highly enough to be one of only 42 institutions named to the 2022 Honor Roll. This also marks the eighth straight year ASU has made the Honor Roll.

Ronnie Hawkins Jr. Ronnie Hawkins Jr. “Earning this designation year after year is the perfect example of why we are called the Ram Family,” said ASU President Ronnie Hawkins Jr. “Our values-based culture is as significant for the faculty, staff and administrators as it is for the students. There is tremendous inclusion and camaraderie throughout the campus, and none of the great strides we have made as a university over the last year would have been possible without the commitment and teamwork of our entire Ram Family.”

Angelo State is also one of only eight Texas four-year institutions to earn a 2022 “Great College to Work For” designation, one of just three Texas state-supported universities to be honored, and the sole Lone Star Conference school on the list. ASU was previously identified as one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” in 2009, 2013 and 2015-21.

Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell “Receiving this recognition speaks to the foundation of the culture Angelo State University has intentionally developed over the years and the dedication of the campus community to taking care of each other,” said Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. “I am extremely proud of the Ram Family – and our other institutions in the Texas Tech University System who are receiving this honor – for achieving the ‘Great College to Work For’ designation.”

The ModernThink survey results are based on a two-part assessment process that includes an institutional audit of employment data and workplace policies, as well as a survey of over 38,000 faculty, staff and administrators at institutions nationwide, with employee feedback being the primary factor. ASU is the only Texas state-supported university to be recognized in all 10 of the employee survey categories:

Kurtis Neal Kurtis Neal “Our employees are committed to making Angelo State a great university for our students and a great place to work,” said Kurtis Neal, ASU director of HR. “To earn the ‘Great College to Work For’ designation and make the Honor Roll for an eighth straight year is definitely something for the campus to brag about. I’m lucky to be part of an organization like the Ram Family.”

Additionally, Neal said the broader national exposure for ASU that comes with the recognition will enhance the university’s ability to recruit high-quality faculty, staff and administrators. ASU currently has 902 employees, including 341 faculty and 561 staff.

The entire 2022 list of “Great Colleges to Work For” is available online at