Governance and Accreditation
By legislative act, a nine-member Board of Regents appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate governs Stephen F. Austin State University. Each member serves a six-year term, with three new appointments every two years. Each year the governor also appoints an SFA student as a non-voting member of the Board of Regents to serve a one-year term. This board elects all members of the administration, faculty and professional staff, and sets general policies for the university program.
Stephen F. Austin State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, and telephone number (404) 679-4501, to award degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.
Colleges and universities in the United States and all over the world recognize credit earned at Stephen F. Austin State University. Numerous programs of study at the university are accredited by specialized accrediting agencies. For accreditation of specific programs of study, see individual college pages in the Academic Units section of this bulletin.
The Board of Regents
|David R. Alders
|Nelda Luce Blair
|Dr. Scott H. Coleman
|Alton L. Frailey
|Karen G. Gantt
|John R. “Bob” Garrett
|Brigettee C. Henderson
|M. Thomas Mason
|Kenton E. Schaefer
|Maggie J. Wright, Student Regent
Officers of Administration
|Baker Pattillo, Ph.D.
|Steve H. Bullard, Ph.D.
|Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
|Mary Nelle Brunson, Ed.D.
|Janet Tareilo, Ed.D.
|Danny R. Gallant, Ph.D.
|Vice President for Finance and Administration
|Steven B. Westbrook, Ed.D.
|Vice President for University Affairs
|Jill Still, M.B.A.
|Vice President for University Advancement
|Executive Director of Alumni Relations
|Pauline M. Sampson, Ph.D.
|Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Ralph W. Steen Library
|Shirley Dickerson, Ed.D.
|Director of Library
Deans of Colleges
|Brian M. Murphy, Ph.D.
|Dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts
|Timothy O. Bisping, Ph.D.
|Dean of the Nelson Rusche College of Business
|Judy A. Abbott, Ph.D.
|Dean of the James I. Perkins College of Education
|Addison C. Himes, Ph.D.
|Dean of the College of Fine Arts
|Hans M. Williams, Ph.D.
|Dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
|Kimberly M. Childs, Ph.D.
|Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics
|Adam E. Peck, Ph.D.
|Dean of Student Affairs
Stephen F. Austin State University is a comprehensive institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work and service. Through the personal attention of our faculty and staff, we engage our students in a learner-centered environment and offer opportunities to prepare for the challenges of living in the global community.