Denise M. Trauth, Ph.D.
Texas State University
Denise M. Trauth became president of Texas State University in 2002.
Before joining Texas State, Dr. Trauth was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
She 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, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Under Dr. Trauth’s leadership, the university has experienced its largest construction program since being founded in 1899; became a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution; was designated a Texas Emerging Research University; has been reclassified as an “R2: Doctoral University – Higher Research Activity” under the Carnegie Classification system, and moved to the FBS subdivision of NCAA Division I.
Dr. Trauth currently is the President of the Greater San Marcos Partnership and is a member and former president of the Austin Area Research Organization. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Southwest Research Institute, is a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas, and currently serves as the immediate Past President of the Sun Belt Conference Board of Directors. She also serves on the NCAA Board of Governors and the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.
Dr. Trauth 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.