Sam Houston State University has approved the appointment of Eric Owen as Executive Director of the Newton Gresham Library. It was effective March 1.
Owen joins the SHSU community most recently from Blinn College in Brenham where he served as Director of Library Services. Prior to joining Blinn College, he held multiple faculty and leadership positions in the University Library at Eastern Michigan University.
Owen earned dual undergraduate degrees in history and anthropology from Texas A&M University and also holds a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Medieval History from Western Michigan University.
Owen’s appointment marks a new era for the university, as the Newton Gresham Library has not seen a change in leadership since previous director Ann Holder took the helm in 2003. He is excited to join SHSU based on its history as one of the oldest public institutions in Texas and one of the most diverse.