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Interim Director, School of Family and Consumer Sciences

The appointment of Dr. Sylvia Crixell as the Interim Director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences has been announced and is effective January 15, 2018.
Dr. Crixell earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Texas State University and her Ph.D. in nutrition/biological sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.
After completing her doctorate, Dr. Crixell joined Texas State as an assistant professor in 1993 and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Central Arkansas in 1994 in order to earn the registered dietitian credential.  Dr. Crixell earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in 1999 and promotion to professor in 2008.  Dr. Crixell has served as the program coordinator of the nutrition program for 24 years and as the dietetics program director for 19 years, and was responsible for maintaining external accreditation during that time.  Dr. Crixell has taught over 20 undergraduate and graduate courses and been awarded over 20 teaching awards at Texas State, including University Honor’s Professor of the Year 2007-2008 and The Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award 2017-2018.
Dr. Crixell’s research interests include health and wellness of children and adults.  Along with a colleague, in 2010 she leveraged a grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services Obesity Prevention Program to establish Best Food for Families, Infants, and Toddlers (Best Food FITS), a coalition dedicated to combatting child obesity in the community and surrounding areas.  Many of her research initiatives are conducted under the umbrella of this organization.  Dr. Crixell has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research projects funded by a variety of entities, including the Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, the Arthritis Foundation, Grande Communications, the Texas Education Agency, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and ConAgra, Inc.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Sylvia Crixell on her appointment as the Interim Director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.