President's Speaker Series

The President's Speaker Series, underwritten by the late Lu Ellen Gibbs, was established to bring prominent leaders to campus. Speakers will be chosen for their ability to deliver messages of substance that have the potential to significantly impact our students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. This forum will give our students yet another opportunity to learn and grow from people who are living successful and principled lives.

We plan to host one speaker each spring and fall semester. These events will be open to the public. The Sam Houston State University and local communities will certainly benefit from the inspirational stories, both personal and professional, our speakers have to share.

For more information please call the President's Office at 936-294-3415.

Upcoming Speaker

TBD

Past Speakers

Pemberton

Steve Pemberton
Walgreens Senior Executive, Author & Child Advocate
Fall 2017

Carey Lohrenz

Carey Lohrenz
First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot
Fall 2015

Headshot of Gerald Irons

Gerald Irons
Former NFL Linebacker
Spring 2015

James A. Baker Headshot Photograph

James A. Baker, III
Former U.S. Secretary of State
Fall 2014

John Avildsen

John G. Avildsen
Film Director
Spring 2014

Gilbert

Gilbert Tuhabonye
Runner, Philanthropist
Fall 2013

Ann Comptom

Ann Compton
White House Correspondent,
ABC News
Spring 2013

Alberto Gonzalez

Alberto Gonzalez
Former U.S. Attorney General
Fall 2012

Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan
Baseball Hall of Fame & Businessman
Spring 2012

Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham
Educator, Author and Businessman 
Fall 2011

Tony Dorsett

Tony Dorsett
Legendary Running Back for the Dallas Cowboys
Fall 2010

Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa
Nobel Laureate
Fall 2009

Marcus Luttrell

Marcus Luttrell
Former Navy SEAL
Fall 2009

J.C. Watts

J.C. Watts
Former Congressman
Fall 2008

Jackie Pflug

Jackie Pflug
Hijack Survivor
Spring 2007

Sherron Watkins

Sherron Watkins
Former Enron Employee
Fall 2006

Drayton McLane

Drayton McLane Jr.
Owner, Houston Astros
Spring 2006

Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings
Jeopardy Champion
Fall 2005

Wallace Jefferson

Wallace Jefferson
TX Supreme Court Justice
Spring 2005

Mickey Herskowitz

Mickey Herskowitz
Journalist, Writer
Fall 2004

James Haley

James Haley
Author
Spring 2004

David Robinson

David Robinson
Professional Basketball Player
Fall 2003

Dave Dravecky

Dave Dravecky
Former Professional Baseball Player
Spring 2003

Debbi Fields

Debbi Fields
Founder of
Mrs. Fields Cookies
Fall 2002

Gene Stallings

Gene Stallings
Former Professional Football Coach
Spring 2002