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Academic Search remains committed to supporting the health of candidates involved in our searches, as well as the safety of our partner institutions and our own team during this challenging time. Our consultants continue to be available to you to discuss the status of our searches. We are working with our partner institutions to manage campus needs and ensure the appropriate use of technology throughout the search process. We have not lost sight of our commitment to providing a fair and equitable experience for all our candidates. Please do not hesitate to contact the consultant identified for the search in which you are interested or to raise questions or concerns about a search process if you have already applied. Together, we will continue to advance our searches and meet critical leadership needs.


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Application deadline: May 8, 2020

Senior Consultant: Jay Lemons

Senior Consultant: Ann Die Hasselmo

Associate Consultant: Jennifer Kooken

Associate Consultant: Kate Cusimano

Presidential Search

The Board of Regents of the Texas State University System invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of President of Sam Houston State University (SHSU). The Board seeks a visionary President who will be energetic, innovative, and collaborative in advancing the mission and values of SHSU while leading the University to new levels of achievement and success. The new president is expected to assume office in Summer 2020.

Founded in 1879, Sam Houston State University is one of seven institutions in the Texas State University System and the third oldest university in Texas. Located approximately one-hour north of Houston on a 316-acre main campus in Huntsville, Texas, and complemented by a nearby campus center in The Woodlands, SHSU serves a diverse student body of more than 21,000 through traditional face-to-face and online courses. SHSU is classified both as a Carnegie Doctoral Research Institution and a Community Engagement University and offers over 80 bachelor’s degrees, more than 50 master’s degrees, 10 doctoral programs, and over 35 fully online degrees through its colleges of business administration, criminal justice, education, arts and media, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, and science and engineering technology. An eighth college, the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Conroe, will welcome its inaugural class of medical students this fall.

SHSU continually strives to meet the needs of students with new programs and innovative teaching and offers services and facilities that help to ensure student engagement and success. The strength of SHSU in these efforts is its student-centered faculty and staff, whose positive feedback has earned the University recognition as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education for eight years running.

Reporting to the Chancellor of the Texas State University System, the President will serve as the chief executive officer of SHSU and will be responsible for successful leadership and oversight of all facets of the University. More information about Sam Houston State University and the presidential search is available at the presidential search website.

The position is open until filled, but applications received by May 8, 2020 will be given full consideration. Applications should include: 1) a detailed letter of interest; 2) a current curriculum vitae (CV); and 3) a list of five professional references with contact information and an explanation of the working relationship. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be sent in confidence to:

Sam Houston State University is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions may be arranged by contacting Jay Lemons, Ann Hasselmo, or Jennifer Kooken.

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.