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Texas State President Trauth honored by nation's largest regional accrediting body

Brenda Helllyer, San Jacinto College chancellor and chair of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) board of trustees; Denise M. Trauth, president of Texas State University and recipient of SACSCOC's Carol A. Luthman Meritorious Service Award; and Belle S. Wheelan, president of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Brenda Helllyer, San Jacinto College chancellor and chair of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) board of trustees; Denise M. Trauth, president of Texas State University and recipient of SACSCOC's Carol A. Luthman Meritorious Service Award; and Belle S. Wheelan, president of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
January 22, 2018

Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth has been awarded the 2018 Carol Luthman Meritorious Service Award from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOS).

SACSCOC is the accreditation body for colleges and universities throughout 11 southern states and is the nation’s largest regional accrediting body. The award recognizes Trauth’s outstanding service to the SACSCOC, including volunteerism and commitment to the best principles of the academy.

"I am truly honored to be recognized by SACSCOC," Trauth said. "My involvement has been very rewarding  and provided an opportunity to play a role in assisting fellow member institutions fulfill their missions."

Trauth was a member on the SACSCOS Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2010, served as Chair of the Committee on Compliance and Reports for three years, and served as a member of the Committee on Compliance and Reports for three years. She participated in 12 committee visits to member institutions, chairing 10 of them.

Trauth became president of Texas State University in 2002. Under her leadership, the university has experienced its largest construction program since being founded in 1899; was designated 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 Football Subdivision (FBS)  of NCAA Division I. She serves on several regional and national boards and committees, including as a member and former president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, member and former president of the Austin Area Research Organization, member of the board of trustees of the Southwest Research Institute; 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.