William R. Powell Health Services and Counseling Center



William Powell

The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved at the February 19 & 20, 2015, board meeting the naming of the Health Services and Counseling Center after the late William R. Powell. The new building will be named the William R. Powell Student Health Services and Counseling Center.

William Powell was the first African-American Administrator of Sam Houston State when he was hired in 1972. Dean Powell was instrumental in the development of the Student Judicial System and the original University Counseling Center. He also helped start the Theta Mu Chapter on the SHSU campus.

He retired from Sam Houston State in 1987. After his retirement from SHSU he went back to work at Jarvis Christian College as Vice President of Student Affairs until he retired yet again in 1993. William Powell died on March 12, 2013 and is buried in Brooke Cemetery, Walker County, Texas.

The Huntsville Item article above is from June of 1993 and it about Williams R. Powell and his wife, Doris, and how important education was to not only him but his entire family.

To learn more about William R. Powell come visit the SHSU University Archives.

The Huntsville Item article is courtesy of The Huntsville Item.


University Archives: Find of the Day

ParkingLotBlues_Pg39_001This Sam student from the Alcalde in 1990 needs some coffee in his mug, stat! He looks like he has a case of the parking lot blues.

University Archives: Find of the Day


A picture of the first faculty and student body (1879-1880) at the Sam Houston Normal Institute which would eventually become Sam Houston State University.

**Update (6/12/2013)

Here is a copy of the Catalogue of the Sam Houston Normal Institute, 1879-1880. This document list the students by year and gender and provides some useful information about the people in the picture above. Enjoy!

PDF SHNI Bulletin 1879_Page_06PDF SHNI Bulletin 1879_Page_07PDF SHNI Bulletin 1879_Page_08PDF SHNI Bulletin 1879_Page_09