Texas State University purchases $2.9M residence to serve as home for new president

Texas State University purchased a residence for the incoming president northwest of campus. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas State University purchased a residence for the incoming president northwest of campus. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

Texas State University purchased a residence for the incoming president northwest of campus. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

Texas State University purchased a $2.9 million residence at 103 W. Laurel Lane in San Marcos near the university’s San Marcos campus to house the next president of the university, expected to take the helm in summer 2022.

Current President Denise Trauth announced her retirement in August of this year and will leave the post at the end of May.

The current residence is on campus and surrounded by student housing and academic buildings. The 2017-27 University Master Plan recommended repurposing the location into research or academic use, according to a press release.

“With a presidential transition underway, and in light of the university’s need for additional academic and research space on campus, this was a unique opportunity to acquire a residence that will serve the university for decades to come,” said Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University system, in a statement.

McCall approved the purchase.


The new residence was built in 1972 and renovated in 2010. It is less than a mile away from the campus and sits on 2.7 acres of land. The home has 6,700 square feet of living space.

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.