Presidential Search


Help us find the next great SHSU President

The search is underway to find the next president of Sam Houston State University to replace President Dana Hoyt, who announced her retirement in February, 2020 after a decade of service.

Starting in February, 2020 and continuing through July, 2020, an Advisory Search Committee, made up of faculty, staff, student and community representatives, will work with an executive search firm, Academic Search, to conduct a national search with the goal of identifying a small number of exceptionally-qualified candidates.

The Finalist(s) will be invited to SHSU to visit with key stakeholders and interview with Chancellor Brian McCall. The Chancellor will select a sole finalist to recommend for approval by the Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents.

News & Updates


Chancellor McCall Names Dr. Alisa White Sole Finalist For Sam Houston State University Presidency

Chancellor Brian McCall has selected Alisa White, Ph.D., as sole finalist for the presidency of Sam Houston State University. Dr. White, currently president of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, was selected from a field of 120 candidates following a national search.

by Mike Wintemute


Presidential Search Update – June 2020

The search is continuing as planned and on schedule, with a sole finalist likely being selected and named by the Chancellor by the end of June, 2020.

by Mike Wintemute


Presidential Search Update - May 2020

The search for the next President of Sam Houston State University is proceeding as planned, with the expectation of a sole finalist being named by the end of June, 2020

by Mike Wintemute


Presidential Search Update – March 2020

Update from the Texas State University System.

by Mike Wintemute


SHSU Presidential Search Forums Announced

The search for the next president of Sam Houston State University has begun. As part of the presidential search process, campus community members are invited to a series of forums scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2020.

by Mike Wintemute


MORE NEWS