A Note From the New Provost

Michael T Stephenson

Members of the Bearkat community,

On July 1, with immense joy and enthusiasm, I begin my service to Sam Houston State University as provost and senior vice president.

In my first weeks in the role, I will pursue the three priorities I identified during my campus interview in April: to build meaningful relationships, pursue academic excellence, and craft a compelling narrative to share both the spirit and success of our academics with the region, state, and nation.  

Strong relationships are based on trust, so my number one priority in the coming months is to engage, listen, and dialogue with members of the Bearkat family. In my first 31 days, I will meet individually with faculty senate officers, each dean and member of the president’s cabinet, and leadership team in the Division of Academic Affairs. Then, I anticipate spending August and September visiting the colleges, departments, and academic support units, and I have multiple other campus conversations planned for October and November. Some discussions will be more formal while other interactions will be less structured and take place over coffee. Regardless of setting, I look forward to meeting you and working together to advance our university.

When we have these conversations, I will be most interested in how we can build upon the tremendous success of the past while passionately seeking out new ways to embolden our students, faculty, and staff to thrive at Sam Houston State University. Most importantly, I would like us to collaboratively craft a compelling narrative that not only shares the spirit and success of this fine institution, but one that outlines a future based on opportunity and hope for all who pass through the literal or figurative doors of our beloved campus. In my short time with SHSU, I have heard many amazing stories of academic success, perseverance, and optimism. These are stories that should be shared widely.

As your chief academic officer, I will do everything I can to provide our students with the best academic experience possible. Change can be difficult. I will do what I can to mitigate those challenges that occur naturally amidst change while ensuring we have an efficient and effective structure to support our academic priorities. 

I look forward to meeting each of you. Feel free to reach out to me at provost@shsu.edu if I can help in any way.

With warmest regards,

Michael T. Stephenson
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs



The Office of the Provost

…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.