Two universities in Texas are not a member of a university system, including SFA. Legislation from the state legislature is required before a university may quit or join a system. Four university systems have shown a potential interest in joining forces. The A&M System and SFA are an excellent cultural fit, according to the chancellor of SFA. The chancellor of Stephen F. Austin State University has informed the university’s workers and professors that his institution is one of four that may join the Texas State University System.
According to a Texas Tech University System spokeswoman, SFA’s cultural fit with the system’s present universities was good. A panel of the SFA board of regents has been formed to talk about governance and financial concerns associated with joining a system. The board of regents at SFA is requesting feedback from academics and employees on whether the school should become a part of a larger system of universities. Before looking for a new president, the board wants to assess if it would be advantageous for SFA to join a system, according to interim president Scott Westbrook.