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 inclusive environment help students engage, succeed, and make a positive difference in the world.

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

From our newly approved 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

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

February 22-23, 2024
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

May 16-17, 2024
Texas State University
San Marcos, 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