James Gaertner

James Gaertner


1965 B.A., SHSC
1970 M.A. SHSU
Aug. 21, 2001 Becomes 12th President of SHSU
2010 Retired as president
Oct. 2010 -
May 2011
TSUS interim vice chancellor
2011 COBA Wall of Honor Recipient
2011 Named SHSU Distinguished Alumnus


James F. Gaertner served as the twelfth president of SHSU (2001-10).

He earned his bachelor (1965) and master of business administration (1970) degrees from Sam Houston State and his doctorate (1977) from Texas A & M University. Prior to his presidency Gaertner spent 18 years at the University of Texas at San Antonio, serving first as chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, then as dean of the College of Business from 1987 through 1999. He also served as interim provost of the university in 1997. Previously, Gaertner was an associate professor of accounting at the University of Notre Dame, directing their London MBA Program in England in 1979.

In September 2010, Gaertner was appointed interim vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Texas State University System, a role in served in from October 2010 through May 2011 [1].

Gaertner was named president emeritus following his retirement. In 2010, the Texas State University System Board of Regents approved the naming of the newly-opened Gaertner Performing Arts Center in honor of President Gaertner and his wife, Nancy, in appreciation of what they "have done...for this university and community....

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