Quint Thurman, Ph.D.

Quint Thurman is in his fourth year as President of the University of the South­west. Prior to moving to Hobbs (NM), Dr. Thurman served as interim president of Sul Ross State University in Alpine (TX) and also at SRSU as Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Before becoming provost, Dr. Thurman served as department chair and tenured professor at Texas State University where he admin­istered a unit that included more than 50 faculty and staff, and more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students. In an academic career that spans nearly 30 years, he has published 7 books and dozens of refereed manuscripts, taught more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and secured more than $10M in external funding for research.

He has previously held tenured faculty appointments at Washington State University and Wichita State University. He founded the doctoral program in Criminal Justice at Texas State and also the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center in San Marcos, otherwise known as ALERRT, that is the major resource nationally for preparing organized responses to active shooter situations that have occurred all too frequently on college and high school campuses in the U.S. over the past few years.

Dr. Thurman earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He is the most recent past President of the Hobbs Rotary Club and his wife of 34 years is the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Hobbs.