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Media Resources/Press Kit

For the media

Members of the press or media can use this page to find basic facts and information about Stephen F. Austin State University and its leadership, as well as whom to contact for additional information.

Institutional overview

Stephen F. Austin State University is a comprehensive, regional institution located in Nacogdoches, Texas. The university enrolls more than 13,000 students, offers approximately 80 undergraduate majors and has 120 areas of study/concentrations within six academic colleges: business, education, fine arts, forestry and agriculture, sciences and mathematics, and liberal and applied arts. SFA offers degree programs both online and on its beautifully wooded campus nestled in the heart of the East Texas Piney Woods.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SFA is consistently ranked a Tier 1 Regional University by U.S. News and World Report. SFA provides the academic breadth of a state university with the personalized attention of a private school. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1 and an average class size of 27, professors get to know their students and provide classroom instruction tailored to each student's needs and goals. Smaller classes combined with hands-on study, internships and research opportunities give students valuable experience that translates to their chosen career paths.

SFA employs approximately 1,600 full and part-time faculty and staff members and operates as an agency of the state of Texas.  A nine-member Board of Regents is appointed by the governor of Texas, with each regent serving a six-year term. Three new members are appointed every other year.

General information

The documents below provide additional information about SFA:

  • Fast Facts provides information about SFA traditions, leadership, majors/areas of study, student demographics, graduation rates and more.
  • 2016 at a Glance highlights SFA's average financial aid package, average cost of attendance, average test scores, acceptance rate and more.

University leadership

Dr. Baker Pattillo is the current SFA president. SFA has been a major part of his life for more than 50 years: he began as a student, became an administrator and, since January 2007, has led the institution as its president.

Meet the full University Leadership team.

Learn more about our university’s president

Dr. Pattillo was sagaciously elected by his classmates at Arp High School as “most likely to succeed.” He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Tyler Junior College before enrolling at SFA, where he received a Bachelor of Science in English and history and a Master of Education.

After graduating from SFA, Dr. Pattillo joined the university as assistant director of placement and student financial aid in 1966. He earned his Doctor of Educational Administration from Texas A&M University in 1971 and continued to advance in his service to SFA as director of placement and student financial aid, dean of student services, vice president for student affairs, and vice president for university affairs before being named interim president in July 2006.

With a lifestyle that always has been “all-SFA-all-the-time,” Dr. Pattillo continually makes a fresh commitment to help improve the university – not only for current and future students, but also for alumni and the Nacogdoches community. He and his wife, Dr. Janice Pattillo, were honored by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce as Citizens of the Year in 2011. The Baker Pattillo Student Center is named in tribute to the SFA president’s service to the institution.

Dr. Pattillo is a former chairman of the Southland Conference board of directors and was named a member of the National Collegiate Athletics Association Division 1 Board of Directors in 2013. Known as a strong advocate dedicated to ensuring the academic and athletic success of student-athletes, he was elected by the presidents of fellow Southland Conference universities to serve on the board, which is responsible for establishing and directing policies for the division. The board includes the presidents of Rice University, the University of California at Los Angeles, Michigan State University and Dartmouth College, and Dr. Pattillo is one of only two Southland Conference representatives ever named to the board. In addition to overseeing the Academic Progress Rate and Academic Performance Census, the board works to ensure gender and ethnic diversity in the leadership structure and oversees the NCAA's annual budget process.

Dr. Pattillo represents the Southland Conference on the Division I Presidential Advisory Group, providing input to the board and NCAA staff. He also represents the Southland Conference as a member of the FCS CEO Group, a body that provides oversight of FCS football. He previously served as chair of the Southland Conference Institutional Representatives.

In addition to his service to SFA, Nacogdoches and the NCAA, Dr. Pattillo is responsible for his family’s pet dachshund, named Doches. The Doches Dog Pageant is held each April on the SFA campus, offering SFA students an opportunity to show off and relax with their canine companions before final exams begin.

Board of Regents

The Board of Regents is the governing body of Stephen F. Austin State University and includes nine members, plus one student regent. Members are appointed by the Texas governor to six-year terms and confirmed by the state senate. The student regent serves a one-year term.

Learn more about our Board of Regents.

Brand identity

Official university logo and wordmark

We've created a ZIP archive of the SFA logo and wordmark for you to use. Included in the archive are instructions about how to use the various file formats, a copy of the SFA Identity Standards Manual, the SFA color palette, and the logo and wordmark graphics in multiple formats.

PowerPoint slides template

These PowerPoint slides feature the SFA logo and official colors.

Institutional FAQ

What is the general phone number and mailing address for the university?

  • Physical address: 1936 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965
  • Campus operator: 936.468.2011
  • Non-emergency phone number: 936.468.2608
  • Media inquiries: 936.468.2605

How do I find contact information for SFA students, faculty and staff?

University employees can be found in our faculty and staff directory.

SFA is required by state law to provide student directory information that is classified as public information. For more information, contact University Marketing Communications. You may also find information regarding public information through our Registrar’s Office.

What do the letters “SFA” stand for?

Stephen F. Austin State University, also known as “SFA,” is named for the Texas hero frequently referred to as the father of Texas.

Where can I learn more and find materials relating to SFA’s history?

We welcome you to explore the highlights of our institution’s history. You can also learn more about SFA’s 90-plus-year history by visiting our webpage The History of SFA or visit the East Texas Research Center on campus located in the Ralph W. Steen Library.

How can I apply for a job at SFA?

Please visit our Human Resources department.

How can I post a job for SFA students?

Please visit our Career Services department.

How can I make a gift to SFA?

Making a donation to SFA helps provide educational opportunities for current and future Lumberjacks. Contributions also enhance the learning environment provided by SFA’s dedicated faculty and staff members. Learn more about opportunities to make a difference.

Where can I find out about SFA events?

Please visit the University Calendar or our News & Events page.

Where can I get memorabilia and other items with the SFA insignia?

Here are three great websites for your shopping convenience:

Are there campus tours for visitors?

Everyone interested in attending SFA is encouraged to visit our beautiful campus. To learn more about campus tours and open house events, go to our Visit Campus page.

How can I verify that a job applicant or ancestor was granted an SFA degree?

Please call the Office of the Registrar at 936.468.2379 for degree verification. This information also may be obtained for a nominal charge through the National Student Clearinghouse by emailing or calling 703.742.4200.

Studying at SFA

What majors are available at SFA?

Please visit our Academics page to learn more about SFA’s 120+ areas of study.

Where can I find information about financial aid?

Please visit our Admissions & Aid page to learn move about tuition costs and available options for aid including federal aid, grants, work-study, scholarships and more.

Where can I find information about campus tours?

Everyone interested in attending SFA is encouraged to visit our beautiful campus. To learn more about campus tours and open house events, go to our Visit Campus page.

What are SFA’s admissions requirements?

Please visit our Admissions & Aid page or visit the individual links below:

Where can I find information about SFA’s online courses?

Please visit the SFA Online website.

Resources and Facilities

Does SFA rent facilities for non-SFA events?

Please contact the following:

  • Student Center: 936.468.3400
  • Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building: 936.468.1832
  • Homer Bryce Stadium/Johnson Coliseum, etc: 936.468.4540
  • Recreation Center: 936.468.3507
  • Cole Art Center: 936.468.2801

Who can use the SFA library?

Nacogdoches Public Library cards are accepted at Steen Library. Other individuals who are not affiliated with SFA as a student, faculty or staff member may request a user account at the Steen Library circulation desk by presenting a photo ID.

Where can I learn about SFA’s trademark licensing activities and/or report the unauthorized use of the SFA name or insignias?

Please call the SFA Athletics Department at 936.468.4334, or see the collegiate licensed vendor list.

Media inquiries

Members of the press are invited to get in touch with our media relations team by using the contact information below:

University Marketing Communications
Main phone number: 936.468.2605
Main fax number: 936.468.1732

Primary point of contact

Dr. Shirley Luna
Executive Director
During business hours: 936.468.6200
After business hours: 936.552.1453

Alternate point of contact

Donna Parish
Assistant Director – Creative Services

Request Information for Future Students

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