NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Dr. Jeremy Stovall, professor of forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University, was recently presented with a plaque recognizing his dedication to excellence as Faculty Senate chair by SFA President Dr. Scott Gordon.
“I want to congratulate Jeremy Stovall for leading our Faculty Senate during this past year,” Gordon said. “We will all remember 2019-2020 as the academic year that saw a worldwide health crisis as a result of COVID-19. Jeremy was a shining star and handled this critical leadership role with careful thought and compassion.”
The Faculty Senate, which includes 32 faculty members, serves as an advisory body to the provost and president, acting as one of the main means of communication between faculty and administrators. Senators are elected by the faculty of each college, the library and non-tenure track faculty.
Chairing the senate for a year, Stovall served out of a desire to learn more about how SFA functions as an institution. As circumstances began changing in mid-March, Stovall worked closely with the senate and administration to find solutions.
“COVID-19 presented the Faculty Senate with unprecedented challenges in quick succession these past several months,” Stovall said. “Fortunately, we had talented faculty serving on the senate who did all they could to meet these challenges. Dr. Gordon, Dr. Bullard and the entirety of the SFA administration worked diligently to collaborate with the Faculty Senate and our leadership, providing an excellent example of shared governance.”
To learn more about the Faculty Senate, sfasu.edu/facsenate/.