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Dr. Scott Gordon, a first-generation college student,
was named Stephen F. Austin State University’s
ninth president August 2019.
A native of Malone, New York, Gordon received
his bachelor’s degree in biology from the State
University of New York at Cortland. He earned
a master’s degree and doctorate in botany and
mycology from the University of Tennessee in
Knoxville and holds certifications from the Harvard
University Graduate School of Education in
educational management and leadership.
As provost at Eastern Washington University,
Gordon served as the university’s chief
academic officer, overseeing more than 500
faculty members in six academic colleges with
responsibility for academic policy and planning,
distance education, international programs, and
Gordon led a complete reorganization of EWU’s
Academic Affairs unit, led the development
and implementation of the university’s strategic
plan in 2018 and developed partnerships with
community colleges, business and industry, as well
as government entities. This work was highlighted
by a unique partnership with Microsoft and the
collaboration with multiple businesses on The
Catalyst, a 140,000-square-foot facility in downtown
Prior to joining Eastern Washington, Gordon
spent 22 years at the University of Southern
Indiana, where he served as dean of the Pott
College of Science, Engineering and Education.
In addition, he served a decade as the faculty
athletics representative, was named a NCAA
faculty athletic representative fellow, and was
vice president and treasurer of the Great Lakes
Valley Conference, which includes 14 NCAA
Division II institutions.
Axe ’em, Jacks!