(AUSTIN) – The Board of the Regents of the Texas State University System and Chancellor Brian
McCall, Ph.D., today announced the selection of Dana Gibson, Ph.D., as sole finalist in the Sam Houston
State University (SHSU) presidential search. Dr. Gibson, a resident of Huntsville, currently serves as
SHSU’s vice president for finance and operations, a position she has held since 2009.
“Dr. Gibson has an impressive record as an educator and administrator, and I’m delighted that Sam
Houston State University will continue to benefit from her leadership, passion and energy,” said
“Sam Houston State University is a very special place with a rich history of excellent leadership so I am
deeply honored to be selected to serve as the university’s next president,” stated Dr. Gibson.
Prior to her tenure at SHSU, Dr. Gibson served as president of National University, a private, not-forprofit
university in California. She also held the positions of vice president for business and finance at
Southern Methodist University in Dallas and vice chancellor for administration and finance at the
University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Gibson also held executive-level positions at the YMCA of
Metropolitan Denver and Texas Woman’s University.
Dr. Gibson earned a B.S. degree in business-accounting and an M.B.A. at Texas Woman’s University,
where she later taught accounting and management information systems as a professor and lecturer. She
also attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where she earned a Ph.D. in business. Dr. Gibson is
active in civic and charitable causes, including serving on the boards of Huntsville Memorial Hospital,
Voice for Children and the Denver Downtown Partnership.
Dr. Gibson will fill the position being vacated by current SHSU president James Gaertner, who is retiring
August 31. By law, a university board of regents may not vote on the employment of a chief executive
officer of a higher education institution before 21 days after giving public notice of the name of the