Texas State University System announces sole finalist after six months of search for university president


Kelly R. Damphousse was selected as the sole finalist in the search for the new president of Texas State University. (Courtesy of Texas State University System)

The Texas State University System announced March 31 that Kelly R. Damphousse had been selected as the sole finalist for the presidential seat at Texas State University, which is expected to be vacated May 31 following the retirement of incumbent President Denise M. Trauth.

Damphousse is chancellor and CEO of Arkansas State University and was named after a six-month search, according to a TSUS press release.

The newly selected finalist previously served as Associate Dean, Acting Dean, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. He also served as the athletics faculty representative for the UO.

“Dr. Damphousse is a respected academic and community leader who has the knowledge, experience, and passion to lead the State of Texas to new levels of achievement and achievement,” said TSUS Chancellor Brian McCall. “I sincerely thank the Research Advisory Committee, including TSUS Regents Don Flores, Charlie Amato, Garry Crain, and Nikki Harle, for their time, energy, and deliberation during the research process.”

If confirmed, Damphousse will be TSU’s 10th president, succeeding Trauth and her 20 years of service at the university.

“As a first-generation student, I am honored to be considered for the presidency of such an accomplished university, strategically located in the middle of Texas’ innovation corridor and poised to become a Tier 1 research university.” , Damphousse said in the statement. . “To be able to build on the formidable trajectory that President Trauth has established would be a great honor. My wife, Beth, and I are excited about the opportunity to return to Texas and the opportunity to serve the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of Texas State University.


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