A Message from President Denise M. Trauth

August 20, 2021

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Today, during the annual Faculty and Staff Convocation, I announced that I will be retiring as president of Texas State University, effective May 31, 2022. It was not an easy decision, but after almost 20 wonderful years in this position, I have decided it is time to move on to the next chapter of my life.

As I said this morning during our Convocation, there are no adequate words to describe the affection I have for Texas State and the first-rate people I have met and worked with here. Together, we have set our university on an incredible trajectory that will continue to serve our students, our community, and our state well into the future. I am proud of you; I am proud of us; and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together.

Because of your commitment, we have made great strides in becoming a national research university. While there is always more work to do, we continue to create an equitable and inclusive environment where all in our community feel welcomed and accepted. We literally changed the landscape of Texas State, completing the largest construction program since being founded in 1899. Now, perhaps more than ever, I am most proud of the level of financial and academic support we continue to give our students so they can follow their dreams.

I am giving this advance notice of my retirement to provide ample time for The Texas State University System to conduct a thorough, inclusive, national search for your next president. I know many extremely qualified candidates will vie for the position because of all the wonderful things Texas State has to offer -- great academic programs, burgeoning research activities, outstanding student support, and incredible student, faculty, and staff.

Thank you for the many warm memories, your friendship, and for making my time at Texas State so very special. I look forward to our next nine months together.


Denise M. Trauth