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New SWT leader vows shared vision


San Antonio Express-News (08/28/2002)

By Roger Croteau

SAN MARCOS — Southwest Texas State University President Denise Trauth told the school’s faculty Tuesday that she is launching an intensive long-range planning effort to determine the “destiny of the institution.”

“I am talking about a blueprint for actions that will be taken at this university..... I am talking about crafting a shared vision,” said Trauth, the new university president, at the annual convocation and general faculty meeting.

Trauth, who succeeded Jerome Supple as president earlier this month, promised to form a presidential committee that will evaluate SWT’s planning process and make recommendations for its revisions by the end of the fall semester.

“I could stand here and tell you what I think this university should become,” Trauth said. “However, that would be wrong. Together we need to craft a vision that is shared across the many sectors of SWT.”

She promised that the planning will not result in a document that gathers dust on a shelf, but instead will be used to decide how and where money is allocated for years to come.

Trauth, the first woman president in SWT�s 102-year history, was a provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also worked as an assistant professor of speech communication and associate dean of the graduate college at Bowling Green.

Dave Falleur, a professor of clinical laboratory science, said Trauth appears to be “an energetic leader.”

He also said she faces a challenge in following Supple, under whose leadership the university made great strides.

“Her role will be to keep that momentum going,” he said.