With a student population of over 38,000, Texas State University is an Emerging Research and Hispanic-Serving University located in the burgeoning Austin-San Antonio corridor. Founded in 1899 and currently the 16th largest public institution in the United States in terms of undergraduate enrollment, Texas State enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 66 countries. Students choose from 98 undergraduate, 90 master’s, and 12 doctoral programs offered by ten colleges (Applied Arts, the Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Honors, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, the Graduate College, and the University College). With a diverse campus community, including just over 50 percent of the student body from ethnic minorities, Texas State is one of the top 14 producers of Hispanic baccalaureate graduates in the nation. Ideally situated on almost 600 acres across two campuses (San Marcos and Round Rock), Texas State is in the midst of the largest construction program in its history, experiencing an exciting period of growth with approximately $659 million in new construction, renovation, and expansion. The main campus in San Marcos boasts 209 buildings, including 24 campus residence halls and apartments.

Ranked as one of the fastest growing small cities in the U.S. in three of the past five years by the U.S. Census Bureau and listed in Forbes 2018 Best Places to Retire, San Marcos combines small-town charm with big-time energy. Located along the crystal-clear San Marcos River roughly halfway between Austin and San Antonio and on the edge of the famous Texas Hill Country, San Marcos offers its 60,000+ residents the best of everything. With the area being widely known for hiking trails, spectacular views, fields of wildflowers, world-class gourmet dining, and a rich cultural history, it is no wonder the Texas State students call it “San Marvelous!”

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs and serving as a member of the Student Affairs Council, the Director, Career Services is responsible for providing visionary and transformational leadership and administrative direction to the Career Services Office. Specifically, the director will lead efforts to collaborate with academic units to develop career awareness and career counseling activities as a component of student retention and success programs; foster relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, e.g. alumni relations, employers, and community members; support lifelong career management for students and alumni; build student self-awareness and self-advocacy; and manage the student employment process and other experiential learning opportunities, both on-campus and off-campus. The director will maintain and grow the existing hybrid model (a strong Central Office with College-level career programs) that encourages strong collaboration. In addition, the director must develop partnerships with recruiters from domestic and global organizations, government, and non-profit agencies. Working with a talented staff of 20 full-time employees, the director manages a department budget of over $2 million and will lead efforts to enhance the operating budget.

Specific duties include:

  • Direct all programs and services of the Career Services Office.
  • Leads a talented team of career professionals to ensure efficient, timely, and effective programs and services to students and alumni.
  • Develops short and long range strategic and operating plans, including budgets, programs, services, personnel, material resources, and space.
  • Builds strong relationships with the faculty, academic, and student affairs leadership to promote infusion of career services throughout curricular and co-curricular programming.
  • Manages the career services operations and builds capacity to support a leadership team to lead the day-to-day operational activities.
  • Provides guidance and leadership to staff, including training, evaluations, professional development, and related personnel matters.
  • Develops and implements coordinated and comprehensive internships and cooperative education programs.
  • Partners with administrators and faculty in the various Colleges/Departments to deliver programs and services.
  • Plans, coordinates, and conducts university events that prepare students for employment and provides employment opportunities.
  • Oversees career services management applications and software implementation and administration.
  • Develops an employer relations program with strong ongoing partnerships for participation in on- or off-campus interviews and career fairs.
  • Oversees a peer career educator program staffed by student workers.
  • Develops a comprehensive assessment plan based on institutional and divisional priorities, identifies key performance indicators (including student learning outcomes), and utilizes these outcomes to enhance career development, services, and student success.
  • Implements and oversees a comprehensive career counseling program that offers career assessments and counseling for career planning and graduate school recommendations and guidance.
  • Identifies and implements strategies that engage students at all levels of undergraduate and graduate work and facilities student development, learning, retention and success and integrates career and professional goals.
  • Develops marketing plans, communications guides, and policies and procedures to reach all constituencies.
  • Identifies and enhances funding streams to expand services.
  • Participates in professional development activities to ensure professional growth and knowledge needed to provide high quality leadership and program development.
  • Serves as a member of the Student Affairs Council.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in business, college student affairs, or related field in higher education and a minimum of five years of work experience in career services or a related field. The successful candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of the critical emerging issues facing higher education and current best practices in career and professional development, experiential education, and overall student affairs administration in addition to knowledge of career development theories and a deep understanding of the issues surrounding integration of academic and career preparation. Further, candidates must have demonstrated experience with the supervision of professional and support staff; the management of fiscal budget development and oversight, strategic planning, and program development; and strong relationship development and an ability to build strategic partnerships with internal and external constituencies. The next director will have exceptional speaking and writing skills; the ability to communicate to a variety of constituents; and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Handshake, and other career management applications and software. Progressive administrative and leadership advancement; bi-lingual (Spanish) skills; a high degree of cultural competency and sensitivity to relate to individuals of varied backgrounds; high energy and a drive that will engage and inspire others; involvement in professional association(s); and a collaborative mindset are all preferred qualifications.

In addition to the above-stated qualifications and characteristics, Texas State stakeholders identified the following characteristics as important to the director (in no particular order):

  • An enthusiasm for the job, passion for the profession, the talent to incorporate new trends and best practices into the organizational culture, and the vision to continually assess and improve the organization while always looking to the future.
  • Possess strong ethical values that guide his/her work and the endeavors of the office.
  • Ability to maintain the strong culture of exemplary customer service to all constituents served by the office.
  • A strategic and data-informed decision-maker who encourages the use of assessment and data in all endeavors.
  • High emotional intelligence, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to build strong and authentic relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Keen awareness of the demographics of Texas State’s student population and an unwavering commitment to serve all students—undergraduates and graduates—at both campuses.
  • Credible, engaging, supportive, and approachable supervisor with knowledge of the responsibilities of each staff member’s position, respect for their work and contributions, and adept at advocating for staff’s and students’ programs and needs.
  • A leader open to listening and gathering feedback and opinions, with the confidence to make an unpopular decision if needed.
  • Ability to effectively maintain the centralized career services approach.
  • Solid personnel management skills with a proven track record of developing and maximizing staff potential while encouraging their professional growth.
  • Compassionate, accessible, transparent, ethical leader with excellent communication skills to clearly articulate vision, direction, and purpose and earn the respect and confidence of the students, faculty, and staff.
  • An understanding and appreciation of marketing, outreach, social media, and new technologies that may improve processes and efficiencies.
  • Highly energetic individual with a strong sense of self and ability to appropriately infuse humor and enthusiasm into the workplace and campus community.
  • Excellent negotiation skills with demonstrated diplomacy and political savvy.
  • Strong community builder and collaborator, capable of building bridges to departments, faculty, staff, students, and the campus community.
  • An understanding and deep commitment to social justice and demonstrated cultural competence with a strong belief in the value of diversity in enriching learning experiences and the quality of life on campus.
  • Savvy financial manager with the ability to creatively use resources.
  • A well-networked professional, connected to professional associations and organizations in order to stay on top of trends and best practices.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

The new director will encounter the opportunities, priorities, and challenges listed below:

  • The Career Services staff is exceptional, as is the leadership team; the director should fit well within this staff while inspiring and empowering individuals through both personal and professional development.
  • The office has a positive relationship with the Graduate School; this should be maintained if not enhanced.
  • The School of Business has hired two new professionals to work on career-related projects for their graduate students. This could be a trend with other schools following suit. Therefore, this new director must be able to work well with all the schools and academic units to maintain the centralized approach of Career Services.
  • Texas State is very relational; as such, the next director must be able to forge meaningful relationships, establish trust with a wide variety of stakeholders, and truly be an authentic communicator and collaborator.
  • The creative use of technology to better serve all constituents through improved efficiencies as well as to help market the office.
  • The Division of Student Affairs is strong and thriving; this new director will play a vital role in the shared leadership and future of the division.
  • Strengthen the established connections with both the family and alumni associations and provide intentional programming.
  • Increased efforts to share success stories after students graduate.
  • Diversity and inclusion are extremely important values at Texas State. These values must be embraced by the new director and be evident in the work and structure of the office.
  • Upholding the strong reputation of Career Services on campus and with employers.
  • Continue close relationships with the academic units while also enhancing current partnerships and initiatives and developing new ones to best serve the students.
  • Serves as the face of Career Services working to share the office’s story and impact on student success.

Measures of Success for the Position

At an appropriate interval after joining Texas State, the following items will initially define success for the new director. The new director will have:

  • established bridges to all academic deans and program directors as well as key stakeholders within the campus and San Marcos, San Antonia and Austin communities;
  • worked to ensure that more students are being appropriately served by the office;
  • received buy-in from academic deans regarding career competencies/marketable skills;
  • continued to work with the Graduate School to provide services and programs to all their students;
  • provided new energy to the office with innovative ideas and positive change;
  • maintained the family feel of the office; staff morale is high and staff enjoy their work and feel valued;
  • improved awareness of the office’s services and educated the campus on the many ways the office serves the students;
  • maintained the high level of service provided to students, employers, and academic units;
  • developed a comprehensive vision for the office with attainable goals and proper policies and procedures aligned with that vision and student affairs’ mission;
  • built relationships with all staff members of the office and fully embraced the culture of the office and Texas State;
  • infused a sense of innovation and forward-thinking into all collaborative efforts and new initiatives; and
  • become a visible, credible leader on campus and in the San Marcos. San Antonio and Austin communities who is knowledgeable and respected.

History of the Position

This position became vacant due to the past director assuming a new position at another institution. The past director was with Texas State in Career Services for 13 years and assumed the director’s position after a long-standing director retired. This last director left the office in a great place with a strong staff, amazing reputation, and programs, partnerships, and initiatives that are excelling. The new director will find a solid foundation from which to build upon.

An interim director was named while the institution searches for a new director. He is doing a great job maintaining the daily operations, programs, and services of the office while also looking to the future for ways to continuously improve.

An Overview of Career Services


Prepare, inspire and empower Texas State students for career success.


Career Services empowers the diverse Texas State community to develop their full potential and enhance their personal excellence and professional marketability by providing strategic career guidance and opportunities to connect with employers worldwide.


Career Services provides compassionate, comprehensive career assistance to the diverse Texas State family. Their services incorporate leading practices to guide students through all stages of their career

development and progression.

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Online Resources

Major-specific, general career and PACE resources.

Diversity and Veterans

Job-posting sites and other resources for veterans and diverse student groups.

Recommended Job Search & Grad School Sites

Career & job listings by major/industry, recent hiring news, and helpful grad school websites.


On-campus jobs for student employees are required to be posted in Jobs4Cats so that equal opportunity and access is provided to all students.

Career Search Advice By Topic

Resumes & Cover Letters

Tips to make ‘em rock.


How to prepare for success.

Salary Information

Research, wage calculators, and more.

Other Texas State Resources

Info available at Texas State.

Computer Lab

Career Services maintains a computer lab consisting of ten Dell Windows 7x docked laptops and a single HP black-and-white laserjet printer.  Computers are available for Texas State University students.

Joanne Smith, Vice President for Student Affairs


Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
PhD, Student Personnel Administration

Dissertation: The Effect of a Self Management Method on Retention and
Academic Performance of Marginal Students

Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
MEd, Student Personnel and Guidance

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, Pennsylvania
BS, Elementary Education/Math

Professional Experiences

Vice President for Student Affairs
Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas
2005 – Present

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Enrollment Management
Adjunct Faculty for the Student Affairs Master’s Program
Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas
2000 – 2004

Director, Residence Life
Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas
1992 – 2000

Assistant Director for Operations, Residence Life
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

Director of Housing/Orientation and Assistant in Student Personnel
McPherson College
McPherson, Kansas
1976 – 1986


Newton, F. and Smith, J. “Principles and Strategies for Enhancing Student Learning” in Contributing to Learning: The Role of Student Affairs. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass, 1996

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

Educational Excellence:

Texas State’s 38,694 students choose from 98 bachelor’s, 92 master’s and 14 doctoral degree programs offered by the following colleges: Applied Arts, Emmet & Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, University College and The Graduate College. As an Emerging Research University, Texas State offers opportunities for discovery and innovation to faculty and students.

Our students come from around the globe and our student body is diverse. Fifty-two percent of Texas State students are ethnic minorities. Texas State ranks 14th in the nation for total bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students. See the Facts and Data page for more information on our student body.

Texas State is proud to be a tobacco-free campus.

Texas State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Texas State University.


Texas State’s San Marcos campus is located in a growing community of 60,000 people in the Austin Metropolitan Area. Located in the Texas Hill Country, where blackland prairies roll into beautiful hills, Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities.

The beauty of the crystal-clear San Marcos River that runs through campus and the stately cypress and oak trees on the campus add to the charm of the university’s picturesque setting. Our location on the banks of the San Marcos River provides recreational activities for students throughout the year.

The Texas State Round Rock Campus is located north of Austin. Students there can take upper-level courses leading to bachelor’s degrees and complete master’s degree and certificate programs. Students who complete their degree requirements at the Round Rock Campus earn their degrees from Texas State University.

Completed in 1903, the red-roofed, Victorian Gothic style Old Main was Texas State’s first building.

San Marcos Campus:

As the university’s student population has grown — from 303 in 1903, to 38,694 in 2017 — our San Marcos campus also has expanded. Today, the campus has grown to 491 acres. Texas State has an additional 4,000 acres of academic, agricultural, research, and recreational areas.

The Texas State campus is as diverse as the students who live and learn here. Our hilly grounds are home to 209 buildings. Some, like Old Main, are as old as the university itself. Others, such as the Angelina and San Gabriel residence halls, opened in 2016, and more new buildings are scheduled for completion soon.

At the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment on the Texas State campus, you can see the second-largest springs in Texas through the floor of a glass-bottom boat or glass-bottom kayak. These springs feed the San Marcos River and are home to eight endangered species, including the Texas blind salamander. Our campus is one of the best places in the world to study aquatic ecosystems and species.


Authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1899, Southwest Texas State Normal School opened its doors in 1903. Over the years, the Legislature broadened the institution’s scope and changed its name, in succession, to Southwest Texas State Normal College, Southwest Texas State Teachers College, Southwest Texas State College, Southwest Texas State University, and in 2003, to Texas State University. Each name reflects the university’s growth from a small teacher preparation institution to a major multipurpose university. Texas State’s original mission was to prepare Texas public school teachers. It became renowned for carrying out this mission, but today it does far more.

About San Marcos, TX

San Marcos enjoys the nickname “San Marvelous”, due in large part to its natural beauty, with two rivers and four creeks flowing through the city. Situated on Interstate 35 between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos houses Texas State University, along with research facilities like the San Marcos National Fish Hatchery & Aquatic Resource Center. Residents of San Marcos enjoy generally mild winters and hot, humid summers. The San Marcos River is a popular place for tubing, canoeing, swimming, and fishing.

Population 54,712
Median Age 24
Median Household Income $28,923
Median Home Price $137,300
Walkscore 40

Located between the fast-growing metros of Austin and San Antonio, the Greater San Marcos region is attracting a new generation of entrepreneurs, students, families, veterans, chefs, musicians, and artists, all looking for an ideal place to live, work, and put their own twist on what it means to be a Texan. The region’s seven major cities (San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Lockhart, and Luling) each offer their own unique culture and advantages, from new real estate developments to diverse food and cultural scenes. In the heart of the “Innovation Corridor,” the San Marcos region is the perfect blend of city amenities, outdoor adventure, and Texan culture with a unique flair.

Here are five reasons why people from across the country are flocking to live in Greater San Marcos:

It’s a Region on the Rise — Without the Rising Costs

Just 30 miles outside of downtown Austin, Greater San Marcos offers close access to the vibrancy of Austin but at a more affordable cost (housing prices are nearly 40 percent less than Austin). But lower cost is not a sign of slower growth. In fact, San Marcos was ranked the fastest-growing city in the U.S. from 2013-2015 by the Census Bureau, and is the county seat of Hays County, which in 2016 was ranked the fastest-growing county in the nation with a population of more than 150,000. This growth has caused some to dub the region “America’s Next Great Metropolis.” Not only does the region offer a dramatically lower cost of living, Greater San Marcos is also adding employment opportunities at a rapid rate. Amazon is one of the many companies which have taken advantage of the area’s strategic location with a fulfillment center that has created more than 3,500 jobs.

It’s a Foodie’s Paradise—From the Best Texas Classics to Fine Dining

Home to a new wave of restaurants and bars, the San Marcos region has everything from award-winning cocktails at Cody’s Bistro and Lounge to locally-sourced, modern fare at The Leaning Pear. Globally-inspired flavors are also plentiful at places like Palmer’s, where regional fusion is given a twist with New Mexico and New Orleans influences.

If true Texas staples are what you’re looking for, the Greater San Marcos is home to both the BBQ Capital of Texas (Lockhart) and the Pie Capital of Texas (Kyle) thanks to famous local favorites like Kreuz Market, Black’s BBQ, and the Texas Pie Company. Other local San Marcos eateries of note are Garcia’s and Herbert’s Taco Hut, serving delicious Tex-Mex meals, and Gil’s Broiler, the oldest restaurant in San Marcos and known for its famous Manske rolls (their own version of cinnamon rolls), which are still made fresh daily.

The region is also home to craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries, which dot the beautiful Texas Hill Country and provide our residents with a lot of options to enjoy.

It’s an Oasis for Outdoor-Lovers

With Texas’s rolling hills as the region’s backdrop, the San Marcos region offers a variety of outdoor activities. Hike through one of the many trails and state parks or cool off in the 44-mile crystal clear turquoise waters of the San Marcos and Blanco Rivers, an ideal oasis for tubing, paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming—with a year-round temperature of 72 degrees. Jacob’s Well and Blue Hole Regional Park are Instagram-famous, natural swimming holes and popular spots to cool down during the hot summer months.

For true outdoor adventure-seekers, San Marcos hosts the annual Texas Water Safari. Billed as the “world’s toughest canoe race”, it is a four-day, 260-mile canoe race to the Texas coastline.

It’s Where You’ll Find Your Dream Home — And Be Able to Afford It

Finding the perfect home in Greater San Marcos isn’t a headache—it’s a home buyer’s dream. You’ll find amenity-filled apartments, historic homes, and modern spaces with multiple acres of backyard at every price point (the median home price in Hays County was $255,031 in 2017). With over $2 billion in real estate investments happening in the San Marcos region right now, Trace and Plum Creek are two new master-planned communities featuring everything from athletic fields to nature parks to pools, embracing a variety of living styles to attract families and young professionals.

Additionally, La Cima, a sustainability-focused, 2,000 acre master-planned community, will be one of the largest urban preserves in the U.S. with acres of permanent walkable open space and habitat lands. Kissing Tree, a new active adult development with a distinctly Texan feel offers a unique collection of indoor and outdoor amenities on the edge of the Texas Hill Country, including an 18-hole golf course.

It’s a Veterans’ Haven

Located between two of the military’s largest bases – Fort Hood and San Antonio – Greater San Marcos’s strategic location puts the region in an ideal position to support the huge wave of veterans looking to take advantage of the post 9-11 GI Bill. As a result, San Marcos has become one of the most veteran-friendly cities in the nation, thanks to new job training programs and Texas State University, which has the largest student veteran population in the state.

The region also continuously recruits companies like San Diego-based Coast Flight, which established a new training facility to help U.S. military pilots transition into civilian airline pilots for the nation’s top airlines. Many local companies in the San Marcos region are also veteran-owned, such as Desert Door Distillery, the nation’s only sotol distiller that began as a class project between three military veterans.

For more information about San Marcos, TX, visit the Chamber of Commerce at https://sanmarcostexas.com/

Texas State University’s Mission

Texas State University is a doctoral-granting, student-centered institution dedicated to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, creative expression, and service. The university strives to create new knowledge, to embrace a diversity of people and ideas, to foster cultural and economic development, and to prepare its graduates to participate fully and freely as citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world.


In pursuing our mission, we, the faculty, staff, and students of Texas State University, are guided by a shared collection of values:

  • teaching and learning based on research, student involvement, and the free exchange of ideas in a supportive environment;
  • research and creative activities that encompass the full range of academic disciplines—research with relevance, from the sciences to the arts, from the theoretical to the applied;
  • the cultivation of character, integrity, honesty, civility, compassion, fairness, respect, and ethical behavior in all members of our university community;
  • a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life;
  • a commitment to service and leadership for the public good;
  • responsible stewardship of our resources and environment; and
  • continued reflection and evaluation to ensure that our strengths as a community always benefit those we serve.

Approved by the President’s Cabinet on October 3, 2016, and revised on December 19, 2016 (approved by the Board of Regents on February 16, 2017, and by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on February 24, 2017).


  • Promote the success of all students.
  • Offer high quality academic and education programming.
  • Achieve significant progress in research and creative activity as measured by national standards.
  • Provide the necessary services, resources, and infrastructure to support the university’s strategic direction.

Strategic Plan

Texas State University created the 2017-2023 University Plan building on the many successes of the 2012-2017 University Plan. Over the course of the past five years, Texas State has added numerous academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. In addition, we have vastly improved our undergraduate retention and graduation rates, established and implemented an Honors College and the University PACE Center, and achieved national Tier I Research University status, among many other successes.

As we developed this new plan, we were guided by the fundamental principle that our students must be the primary beneficiaries of the university goals we define, as well as the initiatives supporting those goals. Within this framework, we sought to balance a complex variety of goals that address not only student success while at Texas State, but success after graduation. Goals also include promoting academic quality through new academic and educational programs; achieving significant progress in advancing our research and creative activities; and providing the necessary services, resources, and infrastructure needed to successfully move us forward.

At the core of the University Plan is the Academic Plan, which identifies a number of initiatives we will pursue and actions we will take to accomplish these goals. The academic plan emphasizes Texas State’s intention to become a National Research University by enhancing and expanding our graduate education programs, as well as increasing student research, creative, and innovation opportunities. The university will have to continue to increase our restricted research expenditures to at least $45 million annually for two consecutive years and meet at least four of the following six other measures of excellence:

  1. Endowment equal to or greater than $400 million
  2. Total PhDs awarded equal to or greater than 200 in each of the previous two years
  3. High achievement of freshmen classes for two years as determined by the THECB and a commitment to improving the participation and success of underrepresented students
  4. Institutional recognition of research capabilities and scholarly attainment (e.g., Association of Research Libraries membership or a Phi Beta Kappa chapter of the honor society on campus)
  5. High-quality faculty for two years (e.g., national academy members or Nobel Prize recipients; other national or international distinction for a minimum of 7 faculty)
  6. High-quality graduate-level programs and competitive doctoral programs, including doctoral assistant stipend

We recognize that while this plan will primarily serve as a guide for action, we will continue to scan the environment and make adjustments when necessary. The goal of this plan is to provide a template to help establish priorities for the future but not to restrict us from seizing opportunities or responding to external challenges and threats as they arise. It is intentionally perceived as a living plan that can and should be adjusted throughout the years.

As with previous plans, we will conduct a formal review of the University Plan every three years through revisiting division, college, and department plans to determine what possible new initiatives may be included in the University Plan. During this time, departments, schools, colleges, and divisions will have the opportunity to reprioritize and add or delete goals and related initiatives to better address changing needs.

For a detailed look at the Texas State University strategic plan, visit the website at https://universityplan2023.avpie.txstate.edu/overview.html

Institutional Leadership

Denise M. Trauth, President

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 PhD 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 is the NCAA Division I Board of Directors vice chair.

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.

The Academic Program

Faculty and Staff

  • more than 1,300 full-time faculty
  • more than 2,000 full-time staff

Class Size

  • 23 is median undergraduate class size

Degree Programs

  • 97 bachelor’s
  • 92 master’s
  • 14 doctoral

Areas of study available at Texas State

  • Agriculture and Food Science
  • Business and Administration
  • Communication
  • Health Professions and Human Services
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
  • Education
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Students have endless options to make their educational experience at Texas State one-of-a-kind. They can choose to incorporate undergraduate research, study abroad or Honors College courses into their degree plan.

Colleges at Texas State are

  • College of Applied Arts
  • Honors College
  • McCoy College of Business Administration
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • University College
  • College of Health Professions
  • Graduate College

The Student Body


  • 38,694 total students in fall 2017 (34,206 undergraduate; 551 post-baccalaureate; 3,447 master’s; 490 doctoral)
  • 1,661 total students at the Round Rock Campus
  • Nearly 7,000 live on campus
  • More than 27,000 students receive financial aid

By Gender

  • 58 % female
  • 42 % male

By Ethnicity

  • 47 % White
  • 36 % Hispanic
  • 11 % African-American
  • 5 % Other
  • 52 % of Texas State students are minorities

Graduation/Retention Rates

  • 54 % graduated within six years (by summer 2017)
  • 78 % of fall 2016 freshmen returned in fall 2017

Benefits Overview

As contributors to the success of Texas State all eligible staff are provided with the benefits that include the following:

  • Group Insurance
  • Paid leave time
  • Longevity Pay
  • Fee Reimbursement for Academic Courses
  • Retirement Plan
  • Supplemental Retirement Savings
  • Wellness Program
  • Work Life and Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Discount Program
  • Mother-friendly Worksite
  • University Professional Development Program

For details about the benefits at Texas State University, visit the website at https://digital.hr.txstate.edu/benefits-overview/

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at hjl@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Texas State University website at www.txstate.edu

Texas State is committed to increasing the number of women and minorities in administrative and professional positions. Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.