Anthony Tillman, Assistant Provost
Anthony Tillman is the Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Director of Student Retention for SMU. In this role he is responsible for coordinating, directing, and managing the SMU programs for retention of undergraduate and graduate students as well as projects that support the strategic goals of the Provostís Office. He serves on several committees at SMU including the Presidentís Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention; Presidentís Commission on the Status of Racial Minorities (Chair); Strategic Enrollment Management; Orientation and Matriculation; Retention; and the Provostís Minority Enrollment Advisory Group.
About Anthony Tillman
Prior to his appointment with SMU, Anthony worked with The College Board in the capacity of Associate Director of the Educational Opportunity Center. The Educational Opportunity Center is a program of The College Board funded by the United States Department of Education that focuses on providing postsecondary educational services and programs to low-income and first-generation individuals. Anthony was with The College Board for six years.
Before his tenure with The College Board, Anthony worked for twenty-years in the higher education community in the area of student affairs at institutions such as Wilberforce University, Montclair State University, Drew University, and Dartmouth College. At these institutions he served as director of the counseling center, director of state opportunity programs and director of academic support programs. Additionally, he has also served in the higher education community as a dean in student affairs. Anthony has also worked as a consultant for Rutgers University and Kean University and with the McKenzie Education Group. Prior to joining The College Board, he was the Director of Freedom Schools for The Childrenís Defense Fund.
A current resident of the Dallas, Anthony is a native son of New Jersey and a product of its public school system; he attended Purdue University for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees.