Gayla Herrington

  • Abilene , TX
Gayla Herrington

Director, ACU TRIO Talent Search

Work experience

Work experience
Jan 2009 - Present

Director, TRIO - Talent Search

Abilene Christian University

As Director of Educational Talent Search, I am responsible for a TRiO grant that is awarded through the Federal Government to ACU. I am responsbile for budgeting, staff management and program operations. My role as director is multi-faceted and I must manage people, time and information on a daily basis.  

Some Responsibilities include:

  • Grant writing
  • Budget Management
  • Public Relations
  • Staff Supervision
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, rules, and regulations;
  • Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions, and making recommendations in support of goals;
  • Managing, marketing, and promoting program
  • Planning and implementing program components;
  • Compiling and analyzing data;
  • Preparing, managing, and administering grant
Nov 2002 - Dec 2008

College Advisor

Abilene Christian University

As a Talent Search College Advisor, I offered in-school academic counseling to students, as well as informational workshops designed to equip students with the skills and information needed to prepare for, apply to, and succeed in college.  Workshops focus on topics such as: study skills and test taking strategies, goal setting and achievement, the college admissions process, as well as financial literacy, student financial aid and scholarship assistance.

Jul 1997 - Jun 2000

Computer Teacher

Clyde High School
  • Computer Science I and II Teacher (Pascal, BASIC, C++, and HTML)
  • Multimedia Teacher (Responsible for District's web page and Cable Access Channel)
  • UIL Computer Science Coach
    Aug 1988 - May 1997

    Computer Teacher - All Levels

    Hawley Independent School District
    • Computer Science Teacher
    • Micro-Computer Applications Teacher
    • Computer Literacy Teacher


    Feb 2007 - Oct 2008

    Master's of Education

    Grand Canyon University

    The curriculum and instruction degree program  focused on how to use and develop web tools to improve student learning in the classroom. Other topics included strategies and integration of productivity software, the use of digital media in education, the development and design of media in educational settings, multimedia instructional strategies, using technology for student assessment, and distance learning in education.

    Aug 1980 - May 1988

    Bachelor's of Science

    Abilene Christian University

    I received my Bachelor's of Science in Business Education in 1980. I am certified in the state of Texas to teach all Business courses, including Business Computer Information Systems. I then went on to acquire two more certifications, one in Computer Science and one in Computer Literacy.

    Professional Organizations

    Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs

    Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs

    Council for Opportunity in Education

    Texas Computer Education Association


    Texas Association of Student Special Sevices

    Conference 2011

     "To Tweet or Not to Tweet and Other Useful Technology" 

    Co-presenter: Vicki Coley

    Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs

    Conference 2009   

    "Workshops that Matter, Listening, Learning and Creating"

    Co-Presenters:Rena Seay, Randy Scott, LaQuiera Gantt, Vicki Coley

    Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs

    Leadership Conference  2007

    “The Game of Life”


    Vicki Coley and Randy Scott



    Scott Self

    Director of Student Support Services

    Abilene Christian University

    (325) 674-2699

    [email protected]

    Ken Cukrowski

    Dean, College of Bible 

    Abilene Christian University

    (325) 674-2000

    [email protected]

    Joe Cardot

    Chair, Communications Department

    Abilene Christian University

    (3255) 674-2136

    [email protected]