Denise M. Trauth has served as president of Texas State University since 2002. Under her leadership in recent years, the university has been designated as one of the state’s Emerging Research Universities and as a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution. Trauth also has overseen the university’s largest construction program in the university’s 114-year history. Texas State, currently the state’s fifth-largest university, has the fifth-highest graduation rate of the state’s 38 public universities.
Before joining Texas State, Trauth was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. In that capacity, she led the campus through two rounds of strategic planning that resulted in the university’s integrating distance education into the curriculum and developing a new college of information technology, a new campus and its first residence hall-based learning community. Trauth also established the Faculty Center for Teaching, led the revision of the general education requirements and chaired an equity study on faculty salaries.
Trauth is active both in civic projects in Central Texas and in higher education organizations, including the Austin Area Research Organization and Southwest Research Institute. She has served on the American Council on Education’s Commission on Women in Higher Education and serves as the presidential sponsor of that organization’s Texas Network for Texas Women in Higher Education.
Trauth earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the College of Mount St. Joseph, a master’s degree in journalism at The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in mass communications at The University of Iowa. She is married to Dr. John Huffman, professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University and UNC Charlotte. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.