SOURCE: Sam Houston State University

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February 18, 2011 17:14 ET

Inaugural Events Planned for 13th President Installation

HUNTSVILLE, TX--(Marketwire - February 18, 2011) - Sam Houston State University will add some new twists to old traditions when it officially installs its 13th president on March 8.

The investiture of Dana Gibson will begin at 3 p.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, followed by a reception from 4-6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. Both activities are free and open to the public.

"The investiture is an opportunity to celebrate the selection of Dr. Gibson as our new president," said Richard Eglsaer, associate provost and co-chair of the university's investiture committee. "It also provides an opportunity to showcase the university community and campus."

The reception following the investiture will feature the Soul Lifter's Gospel Choir, the Huntsville Chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens performing a Ballet Folklórico and SHSU spirit programs.

A number of student-centered activities will be offered leading up to the ceremony, including the first President's Investiture 5k and Fun Run on March 5 and an Investiture Student Reception on March 7.

Part of ushering in the new combines student involvement and Gibson's initiative to incorporate social media into her presidency. Gibson maintains both Facebook and Twitter pages.

Attendees will be encouraged to tweet about investiture activities using the hashtag #SHinvest. Those tweets will be projected onto a monitor live during the inaugural ceremony.

During the reception, SHSU also will celebrate the launch of its new mobile app with a smartboard on which participants can explore the program.

Those who cannot attend will have the opportunity to watch live on the Internet and discuss the event in real time through the SHSU Investiture page.

A Texas native, Gibson was named the university's president in July, following unanimous approval by The Texas State University System Board of Regents.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree and her Master of Business Administration at Texas Woman's University and her doctorate at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Her career in higher education has included administrative positions with Texas Woman's University, University of Colorado at Denver, Southern Methodist University and National University. She joined SHSU in 2009 as vice president for finance and operations.

A full list of investiture activities can be found online at

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  • Sam Houston State University
    Office of Communications
    Jennifer Gauntt, Writer
    (936) 294-4406