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School of Education & Human Development

Byrne Student Success Center

Established in 2007, the Byrne Student Success Center provides students with the tools and resources they need to be academically and personally successful.  Students are offered individualized Student Success Counseling, career support, strategic referrals to free campus resources, and are provided opportunities for co-curricular involvement and leadership development.

Location: Harrington Tower, Ste. 107

Programs & Communities

Services & Support

  • Academic coaching
  • Tutoring
  • Classroom presentations
  • Assisting with SEHD learning Communities
  • Overseeing the Undergraduate Student Council (USC) and the Freshmen Leaders in Education and Human Development Program (FLED)

Learning Communities & Programs

Learning communities create a rich learning environment by emphasizing relationships and community building through small group interaction, social settings, and mentorship opportunities.  There are currently three communities in the school:

Living Learning Programs are residential communities where students live and learn together in an on-campus dormitory.

Future Educators

The Future Educators Living Learning Community welcomes freshman students who major in Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture (TLAC) or the Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY).

Members of the Future Educators Living Learning Program are a part of a community of scholars who share a common career goal – teaching. These students will take courses together, participate in engaging activities and events, and develop close relationships with faculty and staff in SEHD.

SEHD Trailblazers

SEHD Trailblazers living learning community is for first generation freshman students in the school who want to experience a scholarly community, get to know their fellow first generation Aggies, engage with faculty, staff, and mentors in the school, and develop leadership skills.

Students in the program will learn skills to make the academic transition from high school to college, get academic and career mentoring, learn about what it means to be an Aggie, and attend social activities like Midnight Yell. Students will also get the opportunity to participate in volunteer and leadership development experiences.

Transformational Learning Fellows

Our program recognizes students who commit to engaging in high impact, transformative learning experiences. Student Fellows have passed various milestones while enrolled at Texas A&M University.

As a result of participation in the fellows program, students will be able to:

  • Engage in purposeful learning activities to gain skills, knowledge, and competences.
  • Examine and make connections across courses and co-curricular experiences.
  • Exhibit the skills necessary to receive, organize, reorganize, and interpret new knowledge.

First Gen Network

30% of current SEHD students are first generation students.

Byrne Center Director Kelley O’Neal is leading efforts to support first generation students in our school.

Learn more

Student Organizations

In order to provide the best student experience possible, we encourage you to get involved and interact with peers through one of our many student organizations.




Photo of Dr. Beverly Irby

Dr. Beverly Irby is a Regents Professor at the School of Education & Human Development in the department of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development.

She is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and is the current holder of the Marilyn Kent Byrne Endowed Chair for Student Success, whose funds support the Byrne Student Success Center.

Learn more about the Marilyn Kent Byrne Chair for Student Success

Dr. Marilyn Kent Byrne is an educator whose career in the classroom, as a school principal and later the dean of graduate studies in educational leadership at Doane College in Nebraska, was sustained by a commitment to students, teaching and effective practices. Marilyn’s career accomplishments include leading the improvement of a low-performing middle school in Oregon. She and the staff increased student achievement and parent/community support by implementing innovative programs and working collaboratively. At Doane College, Marilyn initiated, planned, developed and delivered a highly effective graduate program to prepare future school administrators. The center and chair, named in Marilyn’s honor, was funded by Dorothy and Artie McFerrin ’65.


“My hope is to help students to develop the skills to become lifelong learners and critical thinkers who will become leaders at Texas A&M, the United States, and around the world.”

– Kelley O’Neal M.Ed., Executive Director

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