Denise M. Trauth began her tenure as President of Texas State University in August 2002. Dr. Trauth is very active both in civic projects in Central Texas and in higher education organizations on the state and national levels including the Austin Area Research Organization, KLRU, Southwest Research Institute, United Way Capital Area, Greater San Marcos Partnership, and the Philosophical Society of Texas.
She also served on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, and 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.
Dr. Trauth earned her Bachelor of Arts at the College of Mount St. Joseph, her Master of Arts at The Ohio State University and her Ph.D. 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.