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Presidential Search

The search is under way to find the next president of Texas State University. President Denise M. Trauth, who served the university for 20 years, announced her retirement in August 2021 and will continue until her successor arrives on campus during the Summer 2022.

Starting in September 2021 and continuing through February 2022, an Advisory Search Committee, made up of faculty, staff, student, alumni and community representatives, will work with an executive search firm, Russell Reynolds Associates, to conduct a national search and identify a small number of exceptionally-qualified candidates to recommend to Chancellor Brian McCall for his consideration.

A sole finalist will be selected by the Chancellor and will be publicly announced in March 2022. After the public announcement, by state law there is a 21-day waiting period before approval by the Texas State University System Board of Regents.

During the waiting period, the sole finalist will be introduced to the campus community through a series of open forums and meetings with key stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, and community members.

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About Texas State

With campuses in San Marcos & Round Rock, the university is a driving force along the growing Texas Innovation Corridor that runs between Austin & San Antonio.


The presidential search advisory committee seeks input from members of the Texas State University community to better understand the key attributes desired in the next president. Individuals responding to the survey will remain anonymous. However, responses will not be confidential.


John Hayek, Ph.D.
Texas State University System Vice Chancellor for Academic and Health Affairs

Nominations & Inquiries

Nominations and inquiries may be sent in confidence to