Randal Stitts Set to Retire

Dr. Randal Stitts

By Laura Nelson

Few people take pleasure in talking about taxes and fewer still from paying them, but Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College professor Randal Stitts turned his fascination with tax policy into a career.

The Del Rio native started his undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Texas in Austin, but after his father passed away, he switched to accounting because it was the second-highest paying field among UT grads—the highest paying was in the geosciences, something that held no interest for him.

Following graduation, Randy went to work at a national accounting firm, earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license, and then he and a partner opened their own firm with locations in Del Rio and Eagle Pass. After teaching part time for RGC at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, he decided to earn a Master’s in Professional Accounting from UT, and then completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

He became a faculty member at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque for a few years before accepting a position at what would become Rio Grande College, a move that put him back home with his family in Del Rio. Dr. Stitts worked tirelessly on behalf of RGC, attracting resources and recognition for the institution that had spread across the Rio Grande plains in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde. Following the University’s strategic plan, he lobbied for classrooms, computer labs, office space, and even for the name, Rio Grande College. Thanks in part to his efforts, RGC now has designated facilities in each of the communities it serves.

The tax professional also uses his expertise to help others. He started the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service in Del Rio and RGC sponsored it until Border Federal Credit Union (BFCU) took that part over. He continues to volunteer his time to the IRS-sponsored function. He has served on and chaired a number of boards including BFCU and Del Rio Housing Authority and has shared his know-how while serving on several committees associated with the City of Del Rio.

Scholarly activities are not over for Dr. Stitts after his 25 years at RGC. Retirement means he can merge his interest in political science and his knowledge of accounting to research tax policy and write about it.

Randy and wife Marta Gonzalez-Stitts now live in Uvalde on a small family farm. They have two grown children, daughter Eva, who works for Univision, and son James, who works in information technology. Both reside in Austin.

He will be honored at RGC’s spring commencement ceremony planned for Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Del Rio Center.