Texas State University hosted a dedication ceremony Sept. 14 to rename the Undergraduate Academic Center on its San Marcos Campus to the Denise M. Trauth and John L. Huffman Hall. Trauth was Texas State's first female president and served as the university’s ninth president from 2002-2022. Her husband, Huffman, was also honored by the building dedication.

"Every success that we've had this year and in the years to come is because of her hard work," Texas State President Kelly Damphousse said. "And we owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude, and this is just partial payment to what we owe her."

While under her leadership, the university reached several milestones including:
  • Increasing enrollment by almost 50%
  • Opened the university's Round Rock Campus
  • Designation as a Texas Emerging Research University
  • Elevation to an R2 in the Carnegie Classification system for research universities
  • Designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution
  • Moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I
"It is very much appreciated having our names on this edifice. It's not only a great honor, but it's also a great connector for us to the university that we love," Trauth said.