Texas State Technical College, the state's leader in technical education, announces the appointment of Joe W. Arnold as its deputy vice chancellor & executive external relations officer.


Arnold comes to TSTC after 13 years in leadership roles at chemical production company BASF Corporation in Austin, where he served as senior manager of government affairs, manager of community and government affairs, and manager of government affairs.


In addition to his work at BASF, Arnold brings over 20 years of experience in government and public affairs, broadcast media and marketing.


TSTC Chancellor & CEO Mike Reeser noted that Arnold's experience will greatly benefit the college.


"Across the state, Texas industrial employers know Joe Arnold as a tireless advocate for technically skilled workforce development," said Reeser. "So, he's an outstanding fit for TSTC, the state's leader in technical training."


Arnold, a native of Nederland, Texas, started his new position on Oct. 1. He joins TSTC Senior Vice Chancellor & Chief Government Affairs Officer Roger Miller and the TSTC government affairs team in their legislative and government agency outreach efforts.


"We are extremely excited to welcome Joe to the TSTC family," said Miller. "Joe brings to TSTC a breadth of experience in both the public and private sectors, a successful career in government affairs, and he is an acknowledged and respected leader on workforce training in Texas and beyond. He will be a valuable addition to our government affairs team and to our college."


During his time at BASF, Arnold served on several organizational boards, including the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Advisory Council, Texas Chemical Council, Texas Association of Manufacturers and the Texas Workforce Coalition.


Prior to that, Arnold managed his own public relations firm and advertising agency in Port Neches, Texas. He also worked as a news anchor at KBMT in Beaumont, Texas.


"I'm most excited about finding out how I can bring my experience from industry into the college for a new perspective on our external affairs -- and how we can best portray what our needs are to industry to advocate for better outcomes for the college," said Arnold.