Dr. Behrens has nearly twenty-five years of higher education and private industry experience, and he holds a doctorate in higher education management from UCLA.
After serving as a career counselor with the University of Arizona’s Career Center, Dr. Behrens was appointed the director of career services for Roosevelt University in Chicago. In 2006, he joined SMU in Dallas, where he is assistant vice president of student affairs, dean of residence life and student housing, and executive director of the Hegi Career Center and the community engagement and leadership departments. He currently oversees student conduct and community standards, oversees new student orientation, is a member of the VPSA’s emergency on-call rotation team, and serves as vice president in-absentia.
His AVP portfolio includes management of 90+ employees, 115 student workers, 8 graduate assistants, 18 buildings that house 3,200 students, 33 apartments, 13 fraternity houses, $39M in operating funds, and 33 endowments worth $15M.