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 masters, 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’s 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 of the Counseling Center is responsible for general oversight of the Counseling Center, which is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services and has an American Psychological Association-accredited training program. This position is responsible for direct oversight and management of the Counseling Center to include personnel management, budget management, formative and summative operations evaluation, policy formation, logistics, and strategic planning. The Director also serves as the primary liaison from the Counseling Center to the University and surrounding community. As a licensed psychologist, the Director provides direct counseling and education services to students; consultation to students, faculty, and staff; and clinical supervision to doctoral interns. The Director ensures staff and programs work collaboratively and effectively with other Student Affairs departments, faculty, and staff.

Specific duties include:

  • Direct all programs and services of the Counseling Center.
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate Counseling Center staff. Provide training and staff development for Counseling Center staff.
  • Supervise budget operations of the Counseling Center, including planning the budget, allocating funds to categories, and management of all accounts’ transactions and expenditures.
  • Prepare annual reports and other reports as directed by the Vice President for Student Affairs.
  • Perform general administrative duties, such as reading and responding to written communications.
  • Assume responsibility for externally funded projects conducted by the Counseling Center.
  • Supervise and monitor all assessment and evaluation activities in the Counseling Center, including comparative studies, user demographic and pattern studies, customer satisfaction assessments, and outcome studies.
  • Represent the Counseling Center and the University in community programs, projects, and professional organizations. Establish and maintain mental health service agreements with local public and private health agencies.
  • Serve as a member of the Student Affairs Council and on other University and divisional committees and task forces as directed by the Vice President for Student Affairs and President of the University.
  • Procure appropriate professional equipment and materials for operating the Counseling Center.
  • Provide individual and group personal counseling, psychological assessment, crisis intervention, and consultation to students. Maintain records of clinical services according to legal, professional, and ethical requirements.
  • Provide mental health education workshops to students, faculty, staff, and others in the Texas State community.
  • Coordinate, conduct, and review clinical research.
  • Train and provide clinical supervision to pre-doctoral interns, doctoral practicum students, and other graduate practicum and internship students; provide clinical supervision to Counseling Center staff.
  • Consult with faculty, staff, and parents regarding students with adjustment and psychological problems and regarding personal and professional issues.
  • Direct and monitor referral of students for psychiatric service; arrange for psychiatric consultation to assist Counseling Center staff with complex cases.
  • Serve on the University Emergency Management Committee and Crisis Management Team and the Student Behavior Assessment Team.
  • Prepare, monitor, and revise a strategic plan for the Counseling Center. Develop strategic plan strategies for the Student Affairs Strategic Plan.
  • Carry out duties, projects, and tasks as assigned by the Vice President for Student Affairs.
  • Review, approve, and forward to the Vice President for Student Affairs for approval all contracts and agreements entered into by the Counseling Center.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology, or a related field, and applicants must be licensed or license-eligible to practice psychology in the state of Texas. Candidates must possess a minimum of five years of post-doctoral experience in a mental health setting with at least three years of experience in a college or university counseling setting in a supervisory or administrative role at the level of Assistant Director or above. Successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to work effectively with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds, passion for enhancing student learning, and an understanding of student development and the role of the counseling center. In addition, candidates will possess active experience in crisis intervention and emergency management operations within a university setting, documented experience in staff and budget management, strategic planning and organizational skills, and exceptional interpersonal and verbal skills. Preferred qualifications include a doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology; experience as a clinical supervisor for doctoral and master level trainees; demonstrated leadership and management experience in a college or university Student Affairs division; experience collaborating with other Student Affairs departments, faculty, and staff to promote student retention; and prior experience as a director of a Counseling Center.

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):

  • Empathy toward the staff’s daily work dealing with difficult clients and situations, and a strong ability to foster team building, self-care, sustainable work practices, and positive staff development experiences.
  • Strong future-thinker and collaborator committed to advancing the Counseling Center throughout Student Affairs and the entire Texas State community.
  • Credible, engaging, supportive, and approachable supervisor with knowledge of the responsibilities of each staff member’s position; respect for their work and contributions; and an advocacy for staff and students’ programs and needs.
  • Maintain a highly engaged relationship with staff and students as well as a visible profile throughout the Texas State community.
  • Enthusiastic supporter of innovation and creative approaches to both enhance and grow programs and services as well as a demonstrated ability to think creatively and embrace new ideas and ways of approaching tasks, services, programs, and service delivery models.
  • Compassionate, accessible, transparent, ethical leader with excellent communication skills to clearly articulate vision, direction, and purpose, and earn the respect and confidence of the faculty, staff, and students.
  • Strong administrative abilities, including fiscal and budgetary skills, personnel management, organizational change management, and an understanding of technology and database management.
  • An understanding and deep commitment to social justice and demonstrated cultural competence with strong belief in the value of diversity in enriching the learning experience and the quality of life on campus.
  • Highly energetic individual with a strong sense of self and ability to appropriately infuse humor and enthusiasm into the workplace and campus community.
  • Proficient with data collection, analysis, and data-driven decision-making and the systems and assessment measures that support these processes.
  • Maintain a constant pulse on mental health issues on a national level and serve as an expert resource on these issues for the campus community.
  • Maintain a personal and staff commitment to continual improvement and professional development by being actively engaged in professional associations and alert to evolving trends and emerging best practices.
  • Familiar with state licensing requirements, regulations, and compliance issues governing professional ethics and standards of care in the area of counseling/mental health services.
  • Experience fostering connections both within campus and non-campus mental health agencies to further assist students and their needs.

History of the Position

This position will be vacant due to the current director’s retirement in January 2019. This director has worked in the Counseling Center for many years, serving as the director for the past five years. Prior to this current director, the previous director served in this capacity for 35 years.

An interim director will be named while the institution searches for a new director.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

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

  • This is truly a great opportunity to work with a highly skilled, well-functioning counseling center at an extremely supportive institution. This next director has the wonderful task of working with the counseling center staff to think creatively to help the center to continue to excel.
  • Texas State is a very relational campus community. Upon arrival, the new director should intentionally spend time connecting with key campus colleagues, student leaders, other student affairs offices, academic partners, and senior leaders at the institution to build the relationships that are critical to success in this leadership role.
  • Explore meaningful ways to address and serve a multi-faceted, highly diverse student population.
  • Establish clinical supervision, training opportunities, and regularly scheduled meetings with individual staff members and the entire center as appropriate to support a positive culture conducive to innovation and continuous improvement.
  • The center’s staff is highly dedicated to serving Texas State and excited for this new director to bring fresh ideas, new energy, and vision to the center.
  • Review/establish policies and protocols to ensure all are up to date, in line with national best practices, and consistent with campus culture, mission, and practice.
  • Earn the respect of the campus community through accessibility, visibility, and honest, open communication.
  • Work to develop a strategy for addressing the space needs of the Counseling Center.
  • Explore new approaches to expand and optimize service capabilities to address growing needs.
  • Balance the clinical demands with administrative, programming, and engagement responsibilities of this position.
  • Work to maximize the center’s resources and set core priorities to facilitate positive growth.
  • Develop a strategy for addressing the counseling services needs of students at the Round Rock campus.
  • Support an exemplary team through the creation of a culture of honest information sharing and communication, self-care, and genuine respect for others and their work.
  • This new director represents only the third director for the center in 40 years.

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 community, including the local hospitals and mental health agencies;
  • worked to ensure that all students are being appropriately served by the center;
  • provided new energy to the office with innovative ideas and positive change;
  • improved awareness of the center’s services and educated the campus on the many ways the center serves the students;
  • maintained the positive reputation of the center and its training programs;
  • developed a comprehensive vision for the center with attainable goals and proper policies and procedures aligned with that vision and student affairs’ mission;
  • helped the Division of Student Affairs and the campus community to be more aware of and understanding of mental health issues;
  • built relationships with all staff members of the center and fully embraced the culture of the center 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 that is knowledgeable of current and emerging trends.

An Overview of the Counseling Center


The Texas State Counseling Center provides high quality mental health services to promote the overall well-being, retention, and success of our diverse student population. As part of its role in higher education, the Counseling Center also contributes to the advancement of the mental health field through the training of new professionals. Its work is guided by ethics, professional standards, and respect for diversity.


Maximize student success in college and beyond by providing responsive and effective support, education, and mental health care.


The staff of the Texas State Counseling Center is committed to the continued development of awareness and appreciation for individual differences within our diverse university community. They value diversity among their staff and clients and endeavor to be a positive force on campus as students, staff, and faculty explore their own identities and beliefs about diversity. It is their intention that the Counseling Center be an emotionally safe and respectful environment for members of the Texas State community. To this end, they strive to provide quality services which are sensitive to diversity of all kinds, including age, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, religion, sexual and gender identities, and values.


The Texas State University Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services. The predoctoral internship program offered at the Texas State University Counseling Center is accredited by the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.



The primary focus of the Counseling Center is to provide short-term counseling to help students deal with personal and adjustment issues that may interfere with the ability to progress academically to their fullest potential.  Students meet with clinicians to discuss a variety of concerns. These may include personal feelings, relationships, coping with stress and anxiety, self-awareness, and other personal issues.

Individual and group counseling services are provided free of charge to currently enrolled Texas State students.

Couples counseling may be provided if both parties are enrolled Texas State students.

Group Counseling

Working on issues within a group setting can be a highly supportive and productive way to address personal concerns.  Students who share common concerns meet weekly as a group with one or more counselors to explore a specific topic and develop coping skills.  Group offerings vary each semester and lists are updated a few weeks before the semester begins.

Counseling Center Referral Service

The Counseling Center has a Referral Specialist on staff who assists students in learning about community resources for counseling and other services (e.g. housing, food, health care).  A student may schedule an appointment with the Referral Specialist for this purpose.

Some students may benefit from more frequent, longer-term, or specialized care than what is available at the Counseling Center.  In these cases, a student will meet with the Referral Specialist to explore available resources and options.  The Referral Specialist may assist students in making initial contact with an outside provider or agency and can provide follow up support.

Medication Service Referrals

If a student seeks Counseling Center services through a consultation appointment or is engaged in counseling at the Counseling Center, the clinicians may refer the student to a Student Health Center physician or psychiatrist for a medication evaluation. If a student wishes to be referred to a Student Health Center psychiatrist only and is not seeking counseling services, the student should schedule an appointment with a physician or Nurse Practitioner at the Student Health Center and they will determine eligibility for an appointment with a psychiatrist. A student may schedule an appointment with the Referral Specialist at the Counseling Center if the student would like assistance in finding a psychiatrist in the community.

For additional information, please visit https://www.counseling.txstate.edu/about.html

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

Educational Excellence:

Texas State’s 38,694 students choose from 97 bachelor’s, 92 master’s and 14 doctoral degree programs offered by the following colleges: Applied Arts, 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 are 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 is 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.

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, masters 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

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.

Joanne Smith

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


  • Vice President for Student Affairs
    Texas State University
    San Marcos, Texas 78666
    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 78666
    2000 – 2004
  • 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 78666
    2000 – 2004
  • Director, Residence Life
    Texas State University
    San Marcos, Texas 78666
    1992 – 2000
  • Assistant Director for Operations, Residence Life
    Arizona State University
    Tempe, Arizona 85287-0212
  • Director of Housing/Orientation and Assistant in Student Personnel
    McPherson College
    McPherson, Kansas 67460
    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

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 percent female
  • 42 percent male

By Ethnicity

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

Graduation/Retention Rates

  • 54 percent graduated within six years (by summer 2017)
  • 78 percent 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

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.