Honoring Traditions, Creating Futures
When a community comes together with a vision, great things happen. Sam Houston State University was born when an academic need was met by the gift of matching funds and the promise of land. Those men and women who put their resources together could have never imagined how many lives their actions would touch. The results of their generosity have been exponential. That same combination of vision and generosity remains critical to the future of SHSU. Learn More >>
Establishing A University With Gifts And A Vision
Almost 140 years later, “Honoring Traditions, Creating Futures” shares many similarities with the campaign to establish Sam Houston Normal Institute—its success depended on the recognition of the value of education, the facilities in which to learn, and the funding to support programs.
“In the mid-1800s, the State of Texas recognized the need for improving education, and they knew the key was having quality teachers in the classrooms,” said Mac Woodward, director of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.
“When the Peabody Education Fund approached Gov. Oran Roberts with the matching funds to establish a normal school (teacher training institute), that was the spark that put everything together for what would become Sam Houston State University.” Learn More >>
Meet The Co-Chairs
“I believe it’s important to support Sam Houston State University on an ongoing basis because so many of the things the university is doing now, and will be able to accomplish in the future, will benefit people across the state and nationally,” capital campaign co-chair Gary Dudley, recently said.
“The pride of being associated with the university is tremendous,” campaign co-chair Charlie Amato added. “As a member of the Texas State University System Board of Regents, I’ve had the privilege of visiting other campuses across the state. When I go to Huntsville, I am so impressed with the Sam Houston State students and the way they conduct themselves.
“Also, it’s very exciting to observe the quality of education and learn about the new disciplines that the university offers in response to the demands of the workforce,” he said. “I encourage any alum who has not already done so to return to campus and get engaged with any of the number of programs available. It would make them so proud.” Learn More >>
"Honoring Traditions. Creating Futures."
Gifts and Commitments
Funding Goal $125M
Funding Progress $85M
Don A. Gilbert,
Health Sciences Committee Chair
"As we see how many parts of the Texas economy and society are touched by health care, we will lose ground to other universities if we don’t commit to addressing health-related issues. I think it’s a great tribute to the foresight and wisdom of the SHSU administration that they’ve chosen to embrace this challenge in establishing a role for the university in primary health care."
Alan L. Tinsley,
Athletics Committee Chair
"We’ve done a great job keeping up with changes affecting our staffing and our student-athletes. The time has now come to focus on our outdated facilities. We have become more successful, and we must demonstrate an institutional commitment to building, supporting, and sustaining our winning programs."
Eddie and Cindy Blazek,
Agricultural Sciences & Engineering Technology Committee Chair
"I know how much has changed in the field of agriculture, and I am amazed that so much has been accomplished at Sam Houston State with (outdated) facilities. For years, the dedicated ag faculty and staff have put their heart and soul into making sure our students are getting the best education they can. Just think of all they can accomplish when they get modern facilities and the technology to go with them."