Angie Taylor

Executive Director of Student Activities and Leadership Initiatives

Angie Taylor is the Executive Director of Student Activities and Leadership Initiatives at SHSU. She received a BBA from Texas A&M University, a M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership from SHSU and oversees the strategic management of Student Activities. Angie champions assessment efforts across the division and within the department. She serves on several initiatives for the Strategic Enrollment Management committee, the SHSU Ring Committee and the SHSU Memorial Museum Friends of Museum Board. Outside the office, Angie serves at University Heights Baptist Church and enjoys running, reading and playing piano. She is married to SHSU alumni Trey Taylor, a teacher and head men’s soccer coach at Huntsville High School. They have two daughters, Reagan Elise and Clara Grace, and recently welcomed a new son, Robert Samuel.

Angie Taylor

Student Activities Staff

M. Brandon Cooper

Associate Director of Student Activities

Brandon Cooper, Associate Director for the Department of Student Activities is originally from Huntsville, Texas. He obtained his bachelors degree in Journalism/Public Relations with minors in Mass Communication and French from Sam Houston State University in 2005. Brandon oversees the planning and implementation of several University Special Events. He is also a member of the SHSU Homecoming Committee, the Battle of the Piney Woods Committee, the University Special Events Committee and the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Initiative. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for the Huntsville/Walker County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary. Brandon received his Master's degree in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from SHSU in May of 2011.

Brandon Cooper

Rachel Valle

Assistant Director of Student Activities 

Rachel Valle, Assistant Director of Student Activities, oversees Multicultural Student Services and the SHSU Program Council. She attended the University of Saint Thomas where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Rachel received her master’s degree in Public Administration from Sam Houston State University in 2011 and is currently working on her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. She enjoys learning about history and politics.

Brian McColpin

Assistant Director of Student Activities

Brian McColpin serves as the Assistant Director for the Department of Student Activities. Prior to arriving at Sam Houston State University, McColpin was the Program Coordinator for Iowa Western Community College. McColpin is was a staff member for Universal Cheerleader's Association (UCA). He is a native of Wichita, Kansas and earned an associate’s degree from Coffeyville Community College. He transferred to Morehead State University and received a bachelor’s degree in University Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies in 2005. He is married to Melissa McColpin and they have one daughter.

Brian McColpin

Steven Begnaud

Program Coordinator for Special Events

Steven Begnaud, Program Coordinator, is originally from Houston, Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2011 from SHSU. He currently oversees Bearkat Alley and Sammypalooza, as well as serves on the New Student Convocation Committee. Outside of work Steven enjoys watching football, playing with his dogs, and traveling. He plans to get his MBA from SHSU in the near future.

Jordan Chang

Multicultural Student Services Coordinator

Jordan Chang is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2012 from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. While in his undergraduate studies, Jordan's campus involvement in areas such as New Student Orientation, Multicultural Affairs, Student Involvement, and Greek Life made him more interested in Higher Education and specifically, Student Affairs. He earned his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership: Higher Education in December 2014 from FAU and is now a PROUD Bearkat!

Courtney Sutton

Orange Pride Dance Coach

Courtney is in her ninth year as a Universal Dance Association Instructor. She is originally from Knoxville, TN where she has also been coaching dance teams and working at several local dance studios specializing in teaching jazz and hip hop. She very excited to be a Bearkat!


Barbara Miller

Administrative Coordinator I

Barbara Miller, administrative coordinator for the Department of Student Activities is originally from Oklahoma.  She obtained her Associate Degree at Northern Oklahoma College.  Previously she was an administrative assistant at the VPSS office, a bookkeeper in Texas, and she was also a manager for an aerial sprayer in Oklahoma for 18 years.   She enjoys working with the students and staff.  Barbara is married to John H. Miller Jr., a math teacher. Together they have 5 children and 5 grandkids with one on the way.  They also have 2 puppies Romo and Roxy.

Barbara Miller

Casey Davis

Administrative Assistant III

Casey Davis, Administrative Assistant III for the Department of Student Activities, is originally from Huntsville, Texas. She graduated with an Associate’s Degree from Lone Star College. She previously worked at the Texas Workforce Commission where she held the position of Financial Aid Specialist. Casey is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration and plans to obtain her master's degree in the future.


Brian McColpin