Southwestern University Trustee
Veronica V. Stidvent
Veronica “Ronnye” Stidvent is the Executive Director of the Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas at Austin and the President of Stidvent Partners, a consulting firm focused on public policy, business initiatives, and philanthropic efforts. Previously, she was the Chancellor of Western Governors University. She also served as Head of Education and Training at Dimensional Fund Advisors, as a lecturer and director of Subiendo Academy at The University of Texas McCombs School of Business, and as the inaugural director of the Center for Politics and Governance at Texas’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Experienced in government, Ms. Stidvent served as Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget from 2001–2003 and as Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Policy from 2003–2004. In 2004 Ms. Stidvent was appointed by President George W. Bush as Assistant Secretary for Policy in the United States Department of Labor, a position she held until 2006.
Ms. Stidvent currently is a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs and previously served as a commissioner of the Texas Commission on Human Rights. She is a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. She is a recipient of the El Paso in Austin Trailblazer Award and of the National Association of Hispanic Publications Latina Role Model Award.
Ronnye earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Plan II/American Studies in 1996 from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and honored as a Dean’s Distinguished Graduate. Her alma mater subsequently named her as an Outstanding Young Texas Ex. She received her law degree from Yale Law School in 1999 and subsequently clerked for Judge Sidney Fitzwater on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Prior to her election as a trustee, Ronnye was a member of Southwestern’s board of visitors.