A new degree, program changes, a building name change, and faculty promotions and tenure were all approved Friday for Sam Houston State University by its governing board. Today@Sam reports that the Texas State University System Board of Regents took the action during its regular quarterly meeting in San Marcos:
...Sam Houston State University was authorized to re-name Academic Building II, which houses the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, in honor of Margaret Lea Houston, the wife of General Sam Houston.
"The re-naming of the building would honor Mrs. Houston's contributions to our state and her family's legacy, and it would recognize her as one of the most significant women in Texas history," [SHSU President James] Gaertner told the regents.
"Moreover, it would strengthen and enhance university tradition, while giving distinct identity to the facility, which is across the street from the Sam Houston Memorial Museum where two of the Houston family residences are located," he added.