Skip to main content

Dean, Arthur Temple College of Forestry & Agriculture

“I can only say that I view it (education) as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” – Abraham Lincoln, March 9, 1832.

What drew you to the higher education world?

I was fortunate to have been mentored by outstanding professors while earning my degrees. Their approach to teaching and advising was different, but their passion to serve students, promote a learning culture and make contributions to knowledge was the same. Their example led me to pursue a career in higher education. 

What do you enjoy most about your role at SFA?

I enjoy working with my colleagues to inspire undergraduate and graduate students toward achieving their career aspirations. I can’t wait to get to work each day because each day is unique. I take great satisfaction thinking that I may have contributed, even in a small way, to the professional and personal success of our alumni.

What do you hope students gain from SFA?

Through the inspiration of the faculty, I hope students gain a healthy skepticism resulting in a lifelong passion for learning.

What are you passionate about outside of your role at SFA?

I am still passionate about learning all things related to trees. Because of their adaptability, I still believe they are the most remarkable organisms that occupy the earth. I am also passionate about mowing the lawn because that is when I do my best thinking. 

Education and Experience

Academic Experience

  • Dean, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
    SFA (2015-present)
  • Associate Dean, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
    SFA (2009-2015)
  • Kenneth Nelson Distinguished Professor of Forestry
    SFA (2004-present)
  • Professor of Forestry
    SFA (2003-present)
  • Associate Professor of Forestry
    SFA (1999-2003)
  • Assistant Professor of Forestry
    SFA (1993-1999)


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry
    Auburn University (1989)
  • Master of Science in Forestry
    Clemson University (1983)
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry
    Purdue University (1980)

Awards / Achievements

  • Regents Professor 
    SFA (2010-2011)
  • Kenneth Watterson Teaching Excellence Award 
    Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture 
    SFA (2005, 2002, 1998)
  • Kenneth Nelson Distinguished Professorship 
    Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture 
    SFA (2004)


Hans Williams, Ph.D.
Dean, Arthur Temple College of Forestry & Agriculture
P.O. Box 6109, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

Request Information for Future Students

Please fill out the form below to receive information from SFA. If you’re not a future student and want to reach out to us, use our contact form.

Fields marked with * are required.

Who are you?*

Date of Birth*

Mailing Address (Be sure to add your apt. or unit # or P.O. Box, if applicable)*

When would you like to attend SFA and what will be your major?

Are you any of these types of students?