Office of the President

Welcome to Sam Houston State University!

As president of the third oldest Texas university, where the motto “The Measure of a Life is Its Service” is practiced, I am committed to fostering an environment where students have access to experiences in and out of the classroom that will help them realize their full potential. SHSU’s award-winning programs, nationally and internationally recognized scholars, innovative initiatives and an environment that helps students engage, succeed, and make a positive difference in the world.

Sam Houston State is nationally recognized for student success. Our faculty, staff, and administration cultivate personal connections with students and provide resources that support students, making significant contributions to their lives.

From our Homeland Security Institute to our College of Osteopathic Medicine, we continue to pioneer program offerings that help meet the critical workforce needs of Texas and beyond. With more than 170 fields of study, many of which are available online, you will find a program to fit your academic, personal, and professional goals.

Whether you are a student, alum, or community member, I encourage you to visit our beautifully maintained campus by booking a tour through the Visitor Center, attending a campus event, or taking part in one of our many cherished traditions. SHSU is a special place because of its community members. I invite you to join us and experience the Bearkat culture for yourself.

White Signature Stamp

Alisa White

Upcoming Events 

Annual Faculty & Staff Meeting 
August 29, 2024 - 2:00 PM
Sam Houston State University 
Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall

The Texas State University System (TSUS) Quarterly Board of Regents Meetings

August 8-9, 2024
Texas State University System
Austin, TX

November 21-22, 2024
Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

February 13-14, 2025
Texas State University System 
Austin, TX

May 1-2, 2025
Texas State University 
San Marcos, TX

August 7-8, 2025
Sul Ross State University
Alpine, TX

November 20-21, 2025
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

Notification of Annual Security Report Availability

  • The Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report is located on the University Police Department’s website.
  • The report contains information regarding crime statistics, a review of procedures and policies regarding campus safety, where more in depth policies and procedures can be found, and fire statistics for SHSU.
  • Previous reports or hard copies can be requested from the University Police Department by calling 936-294-1065 or email