Texas State University President Denise Trauth announces retirement

Texas State University President Denise Trauth will retire May 31, 2022, after almost 20 years as university president. (Photo courtesy TXST)
Texas State University President Denise Trauth will retire May 31, 2022, after almost 20 years as university president. (Photo courtesy TXST)

Texas State University President Denise Trauth will retire May 31, 2022, after almost 20 years as university president. (Photo courtesy TXST)

On Friday, Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth announced her intention to retire next year, effective May 31, 2022.

Trauth has served as president of TXST for almost 20 years, beginning in 2002, and oversaw the university's growth from a regional university to being designated a Texas Emerging Research University as well as a federally-recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, according to a press release. The university was also reclassified as an “R2: Doctoral University-Higher Research Activity” under her watch.

With that growth the university also changed its name during her tenure, from Southwest Texas State University to Texas State University.

“Our new name is a reflection of what we have become by building upon a foundation of excellence and hard work. Our reputation as a first-rate educational institution is longstanding,” Trauth said in 2003.

At that time the university had just over 25,000 students. It now has 38,694 students on its campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock.

“During her 20 years as president, she has overseen an era of unprecedented growth, expanded and improved two campuses, elevated the university’s research status and led its evolution from a regional institution to one of statewide and national prominence,” TXST System Chancellor Brian McCall said. “Texas State is a better place to learn, teach and work because of her service, drive and vision,” he said.

Trauth also serves on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ San Antonio Branch, and is a former president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership.

Trauth earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the College of Mount St. Joseph, a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Iowa.

In an email to TXST students, faculty and staff, Trauth praised the university community. “Together, we have set our university on an incredible trajectory that will continue to serve our students, our community and our state well into the future,” she said.

“I am proud of you; I am proud of us; and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together.”
By Eric Weilbacher

Editor, New Braunfels and San Marcos/Buda/Kyle

Eric joinedCommunity Impact Newspaper as an editor in July 2021, returning to journalism after several years in the New Braunfels business community. Prior to CI, Eric freelanced for multiple publications and was a reporter for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. He brings a passion for accurate, compelling story telling and human interest to his work.


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