About Chancellor Feyten

Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D.
Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D.

Carine M. Feyten is chancellor and president of Texas Woman’s University, a public institution with a campus in Denton and health science centers in Dallas and Houston. About 90 percent of the university’s 15,500 students are women making it the largest university in the nation with such a gender composition, yet in terms of ethnicity, the student body looks a lot like Texas—ranked among the group of universities tied for “sixth most diverse” in the country by U.S. News and World Report in its latest publication. Over a third of the students are pursuing graduate degrees in one of 78 masters and doctoral programs. The remaining undergraduate population splits 53-47 by transfer student verse those first time in college (FTIC) students who start their college studies at Texas Woman’s. Of those FTIC students, about half are the first in their family to attend college and 44% are eligible for Pell grants.

With such a distinctive student body and a bold mission, Chancellor Feyten started the hashtag #campuswithaheart to celebrate the long appreciated but under-recognized Texas Woman’s culture. She insists on excellence in the quality of academics, facilities, services, and learning outcomes thus maximizing opportunities for students from all backgrounds. She connects directly with students via regular “rolling meetings”—on bicycle, “tea with the chancellor,” and face-to-face gatherings with her Twitter followers (“Tweet-ups”). She believes in taking students from a variety of starting points and providing them a ‘whole person’ education—highlighting health and wellbeing in its many facets—so they will graduate and thrive as global citizens.

Under Chancellor Feyten’s leadership, The Economist ranked Texas Woman’s 45th out of 1,275 institutions in the nation and 2nd in Texas for adding value to its graduates’ income earning potential. The Dallas Business Journal also ranked it 1st in the DFW region for its graduates’ earnings relative to the cost of attendance.

She has championed: more than $200 million in construction projects; new degree programs to address the needs of transfer students and local industries; soaring improvements in persistence; and greater donor giving, almost doubling annual giving and also increasing the endowment by 57%. Through a combination of public and private funds totaling more than $17 million, she has led an initiative to found the state’s only Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership comprised of the Centers for Women in Business, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, and the Center for Student Leadership.

An internationally recognized consultant, speaker and scholar in the field of language learning, teaching methodologies, and the integration of technology in education, Dr. Feyten has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and books. She also has delivered keynote addresses in Portugal, Brazil, and Belgium, as well as across Texas. She also has consulted for the International Baccalaureate Organization, including locations in Wales and the Czech Republic. A native of Belgium, she is fluent in five languages.


  • Ph.D. 1988. University of South Florida, Tampa (Interdisciplinary Education with an emphasis on Second Language Acquisition)
  • M.A. 1981. Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (English, Dutch, Education)
  • B.A. 1980. Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (Germanic Philology)


  • HERS: Higher Education Resource Services - Board of Directors, 2020
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) — Board of Directors, 2018
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Business and Community Advisory Council — Advisory Council, 2018 – Present
  • Dallas Regional Chamber — Board Class, 2018
  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden CEO Advisory Council — Advisory Council, 2018
  • KERA (North Texas public radio/television) — Board of Directors, 2016 – Present
  • Lone Star Conference’s Council of Presidents — Chair of the Executive Committee, 2016 – Present
  • Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors — Board Secretary/Treasurer, 2016 – 2019
  • Denton Economic Development Partnership — Board, 2016
  • Texas International Education Consortium — Executive Committee, 2015 – 2020
  • Texas Medical Center: Women’s Leadership Council — Board, 2015
  • Women’s College Coalition — Board of Directors,  2016 – 2020

Selected Honors And Awards

  • Inducted to Philosophical Society of Texas (2017)
  • CUPA Chief Executive HR Champion Award (2016)
  • Recipient of the Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education-Postsecondary from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (2001)
  • President of the National Network for Early Language Learning (2001-2002)

Prior Academic Appointments

Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (2006 - 2014)

Dr. Feyten served as dean of the College of Education, Health and Society at Miami University, a university with an enrollment of 17,550 students on its main campus and a total of 23,390 students over three campuses. While dean, she developed and launched a strategic plan focused on a holistic and sustainable approach to all aspects of administrative, faculty, and student wellbeing; led a capital campaign that has raised more than $27 million, well above its goal of $15 million; significantly increased external grant funding obtained by the college, including a $1.5 million grant as the principal investigator; and increased first-year retention rates to 90 percent.

The University of South Florida (1993 - 2006) 

Established in 1956, the University of South Florida is one of the largest universities in the United States. With a budget of more than $1.5 billion, USF offers 240 degree programs to approximately 48,000 students on its four campuses. Dr. Feyten ended her tenure at USF as the associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education. While at USF, her other positions include:

  • Chair of the Department of Secondary Education (1999 – 2002)
  • Full Professor, Department of Secondary Education (1998 – 2006)
  • Director of the Foreign Language Education Program (1994 – 2000)
  • Coordinator of Teacher Education for the Department of Secondary Education (1993 – 1999)
  • Founding director of the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology (SLA/IT)
Campus with a heart

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