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SHSU Names New VP For Finance, Operations

April 5, 2011
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

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Al Hooten

Sam Houston State University has selected Alvin “Al” Hooten, vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Tennessee at Martin, as vice president for finance and operations, effective on or before Aug. 1.

Hooten is filling the position formerly held by Dana Gibson, who became SHSU’s president last year.

"Al's experience, including his previous service as a vice president at a Texas university, is invaluable to SHSU at this critical time,” said Gibson. “I look forward to working with him as part of the leadership team."

As the vice president for finance and operations at SHSU, Hooten will be the chief financial officer for the university, managing SHSU’s investment portfolio and real estate acquisitions and sales.

In addition, he will be responsible for the divisions and departments of human resources and risk management, public safety services, controller's office, budget and operations including university dining, procurement and business services, and facilities management including construction.

"I am very pleased and honored to be selected to serve Sam Houston State
University as its next vice president for finance and operations,” Hooten said. “The university is an exemplary institution with a great future, and I look forward to contributing to its growth and excellence."

Hooten has served in his present capacity at the University of Tennessee at Martin since 2000, where he oversees budget and management reporting; human resources, including payroll; business affairs, including purchasing, contract and grant accounting, receivables, collections, risk management and auxiliary services; physical plant, including construction; public safety; emergency management; contract coordination; environmental health and safety; and contracted bookstore and food service.

Among his accomplishments is providing leadership in the construction of a power generation facility to provide backup power to the Tennessee Valley Authority, for which the university receives approximately $500,000 a year in revenue. The project involved a cooperative approach with the College of Engineering to also provide a hands-on opportunity for engineering students to study and monitor a facility in a laboratory situation.

He also provided leadership in the university’s requirement to reduce state appropriations by approximately 30 percent, which involved determining costs, establishing critical strategic planning, reallocation of funds and people, and communicating financial issues to constituents.

Prior to his employment in Tennessee, he served as vice president for business affairs at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and assistant/associate vice president for finance and administration at Boise State University in Idaho.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business with a concentration in management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He earned his Master of Science degree in higher education, also at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, with a concentration in college and university business affairs.

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