Welcome From The Provost

Richard Eglsaer

As one of the oldest universities in Texas, Sam Houston State University has been, for over 140 years, preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Our motto, "The Measure of a Life is its Service," echoes across SHSU's eight colleges and beyond through our faculty and our students in their myriad accomplishments in research, creative endeavors, innovative teaching and learning, volunteering, civic engagement, and more. I am honored to serve as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

SHSU as an institution strives for excellence in academics, integrity, leadership, student success, loyalty to traditions, and dedication to innovation. These core values are especially apparent and easily recognizable through the efforts of our amazing faculty, our growing student population, and our alumni, all of whom embrace and contribute to our motto of service whether on campus or in the community. We are not just a university, we are a tight-knit community formed to serve, develop, encourage, and impact those around us. We have a long history and rich traditions to carry into the future.

Students, the time will pass quickly, so cherish it and take time to realize that the connections and friendships you forge with faculty and classmates will last a lifetime. You will become part of the ever-growing SHSU family. This is not a journey you will make alone; we are all here to help, and we can help each other, even in the midst of these unusual times.  Let us move forward with confidence that we can share a vibrant university community while being safe. The fall semester of 2020 will look different, but what will not change is our unwavering commitment to student success and the transformative power of a dynamic university experience.

Welcome to the SHSU Family.

Richard Eglsaer, Ph.D
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Sam Houston State University



The Office of Academic Affairs

…Provides coordination and support for all academic personnel matters, programming, and other issues pertaining to the academic standards and mission of the University. 

…Is responsible for supporting the work of the faculty, whose teaching, advising, and scholarship brings Sam Houston’s academic programs to life.

…Oversees the University curriculum and new curricular initiatives; faculty hiring and promotion; support for faculty research and teaching; and the administration of all academic departments and programs, the library, and support offices within the division of Academic Affairs.

Our goal is to help both faculty members and students in all academic areas to be successful both in and out of the classroom. If you have questions, we’ll help you find the answers. If you can’t find the resource(s) you need within our web pages, use this Provost Staff Duties page to find who is best-equipped to answer your question.