“I plan to ensure that Prairie View A&M University sustains excellence in teaching, research and service for another 140-plus years. We will promote throughout the country a narrative of a Prairie View that is strong, and we will raise funds in a new and vital way so that the University will have the flexibility it needs to advance and make more visible its reach.”
– Ruth J. Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Director of Athletics. Reporting to President Ruth J. Simmons, renowned higher education leader and former president of Brown University and Smith College, the person appointed to this position will provide strategic leadership, direction, and oversight for an 18-sport NCAA Division I FCS intercollegiate athletics program.
Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is designated as an “institution of the first class” in the Texas Constitution and is the second oldest public institution of higher education in the state. It was founded to educate historically underserved students in Texas. Today, with a growing enrollment that exceeds 8,900 (as of fall semester 2019), the university educates students from all backgrounds and offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 academic majors, 37 master’s degrees, and four doctoral degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Students hail from Texas and 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 87 countries. A member of the Texas A&M University System, PVAMU is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research, and service. The university’s 1,440-acre main campus is located in Prairie View, Texas, about 45 miles northwest of Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city.