Dr. David Cockrum was appointed interim provost and vice president for academic affairs effective August 22, 2016. Previously he had served as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas from 1990 to 2010.
Raised in Tucson, Arizona, Cockrum received his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Arizona, majoring in psychology. After completing his undergraduate degree Cockrum served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969 and the Army Reserves from 1971 to 1978, reaching the rank of Captain.
At Sul Ross he rose through the academic ranks, starting as an instructor and ending with the rank of professor. He was named the recipient of the outstanding teaching award in 1986. He also served for seven years as chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
In addition to his academic endeavors, he was active on the Brewster County Child Welfare Board, serving as Chairman of the Brewster County CWB, President of the Region 3/12 Council of Child Welfare Boards, and President of the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards from 1986 to 1988. He has been active since 1985 on the Board of Directors of the High Frontier Residential Treatment Center in Ft. Davis, TX and is currently the Board Chairman.
Cockrum served one term as President of the Alpine Kiwanis Club. In his spare time, he enjoys using Morse Code in his hobby of amateur radio. He particularly focuses on amateur radio contesting and has won several state, national, and international contests.
The Board of Regents of the Texas State University System named Cockrum Provost Emeritus, the first such individual in the TSUS to receive that title, upon his retirement in 2010. From 2010 until 2016 he taught psychology half-time as a retired faculty member.
He and his wife, Sally, have two children, Dana and Chris, who live and work in Austin. They also have two grandsons, Graydon and Anderson.