The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents has voted unanimously on a sole finalist for the SFA presidency - Dr. Scott Gordon.
Gordon, a native of Malone, New York, received his bachelor's degree in biology from the State University of New York at Cortland and his master's degree and doctorate in botany/mycology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Gordon is a first-generation graduate.
Gordon has served as the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Eastern Washington University since July 2016. Previously, Gordon served as Dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education at the University of Southern Indiana.
According to Eastern Washington University, "[Gordon] has a comprehensive track record in all aspects of academic administration, including student recruitment and retention, core curriculum development, faculty recruitment, fiscal planning and strategic planning."
After former SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo passed away on Dec. 29, the Board of Regents hired executive firm R. William Funk & Associates to assist in the search for a new president.
"This is a significant moment in the history of Stephen F. Austin State University, and with the support of and assistance from our SFA community, we are confident we will attract and select an accomplished, visionary and inspirational president with an appreciation for the value of public higher education to lead SFA to its brightest future," said Regent Alton Frailey, chairman of the presidential screening committee.