Dr. Scott Gordon confirmed as ninth president of university

Dr. Scott Gordon, official ninth president of the university.

The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents unanimously confirmed Dr. Scott Gordon as the ninth president of the university at a special meeting held on Saturday.

Gordon is expected to officially begin his duties at SFA on Sept. 16. He is scheduled to speak at a meeting of the SFA faculty and staff at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. The meeting will be livestreamed, and a link to the broadcast will be accessible at sfasu.edu.

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 college student.

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.

Brigettee Henderson of Lufkin, chair of the board, said the pool of education leaders interested in SFA’s presidential post included many highly qualified candidates. 

“Dr. Gordon has a track record of success in higher education, and with his energy, integrity and compassion, we look forward to the new ideas that he will bring as the next president of SFA,” Henderson said. 

“We believe he will be a thoughtful leader who will work tirelessly alongside faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as the broader SFA community, to strengthen the University and ensure the brightest possible future as we embark on SFA’s second century of educational excellence, growth and innovation.”

According to a recent statement from SFA University Marketing Communications, Gordon is also expected to speak on Friday at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Friday Luncheon at The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center. For ticket information, call (936) 560-5533.

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