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University Leadership

Trinity is led by Danny J. Anderson, Ph.D., the University's 19th president. The University is governed by a diverse, 36-member Board of Trustees, which is responsible for establishing policies for the governance of the University. Four vice presidents oversee faculty and student affairs; information resources, communications and marketing; finance and administration; and alumni relations and development.

University Officers

Danny J. Anderson


Danny J. Anderson, Ph.D., leads Trinity University as its 19th president. Anderson assumed the presidency in May 2015 after serving as a faculty member, administrator, and dean at the University of Kansas. An award-winning teacher, Anderson has first-hand experience integrating experiential learning into his classroom and a deep appreciation for international awareness. He has received a number of awards and fellowships, including the ING Award for Teaching Excellence; a W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence; and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers.

A native Texan, Anderson began his academic career in 1985 at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a bachelor of arts in Spanish from Austin College (Sherman, Texas), and a master’s and doctorate in Spanish at the University of Kansas. He joined the Kansas faculty in 1988 as an assistant professor in Spanish and was named a full professor in 2003. He also served as chair of the department of Spanish and Portuguese, associate dean in the College for Interdisciplinary Programs, vice provost for Academic Affairs, and interim provost and executive vice chancellor.

A specialist in Mexican literature and culture, Anderson's research interests and teaching has taken him to Mexico many times. “Trinity is remarkably well situated in San Antonio to further explore ties to Mexico and Latin America," Anderson says, drawing on a unique background that will help Trinity further engaged the many facets of San Antonio's heritage and increase Trinity's involvement in the San Antonio community. 

“It is an exciting opportunity to lead Trinity University during this transformational period,” Anderson says. “I will work to ensure Trinity is recognized as the model of 21st century liberal arts education. Through the discovery that occurs in the Trinity experience, students grow and become the kind of leaders our world needs today.”

Anderson and his wife, Kimberly, a teacher, librarian, and community volunteer, are parents to two adult children and a dachshund named Willy.

Michael Bacon ’89, CFRE

Vice President for Alumni Relations & Development

Michael Bacon returns to Trinity after 25 years of experience as a senior-level development and external relations executive, where he specialized in the creation and implementation of strategic fundraising programs that included capital campaigns, annual giving, and major gifts. At Trinity, Bacon will provide leadership and strategic vision to the University’s fundraising and overall alumni engagement.

Bacon founded the firm Bacon Lee & Associates in 2000 with Marion Lee ’78. As fundraising consultants, the pair offered knowledge in board training, fund development, and long-term planning to nonprofit organizations in San Antonio and the Central Texas area. Bacon began his fund development career as the assistant director of the annual fund at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, after graduating from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. A certified fundraising executive, Bacon has served as director of development for the San Antonio Academy and the first grants manager for the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.

Michael Fischer

Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs

Michael FischerAs Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs, a position he assumed on July 1, 2000, Michael Fischer, Ph.D., directs the University’s Academic Programs as well as oversees Athletics, International Programs, Trinity University Press, Office of the Registrar, and Student Affairs.

Prior to joining the University’s administration, Fischer was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico (UNM). As a UNM faculty member in the department of English since 1975, Fischer served as director of graduate studies in English, chair of the department, and interim dean before his appointment as dean in 1977. As dean, he focused on strengthening ties between the college and the community; improving undergraduate education; and reinforcing the college’s contributions to K-12 education and teacher preparation. Additionally, he developed the College’s first Arts and Sciences Dean’s Council, utilized private funding to the College to establish its first teaching awards, and made new funds available for staff professional development, undergraduate research, and course reform. He was also active on numerous committees, which addressed issues such as student recruitment, admissions, retention, financial aid, legislative priorities, tuition and fees, faculty and staff compensation, and resource allocations.

Fischer is the recipient of numerous grants and honors and served as a co-principal investigator on a five-year $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation that supported a statewide collaboration for excellence in teaching preparation in New Mexico.

Fischer graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Princeton University. He earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University before embarking on his academic career at UNM. An authority on Modern literary criticism and critical theory, he has published five books, 20 articles, 15 book chapters, and 39 reviews. He taught at every level of the curriculum at UNM and directed numerous Ph.D. and undergraduate honor students. He continues to teach at least one course a year at Trinity.

Charles B. White

Vice President for Information Resources, Communications and Marketing

Charles White, Ph.D., came to Trinity in 1980 as an associate professor of psychology. He was subsequently granted tenure and following that promoted to professor of psychology. His research interests in his academic career centered about developmental psychology and the aging process. He has received numerous grants for the study of aging and published widely in that area, and was named a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. He has published in various developmental psychology journals as well as gerontology journals on his work in the psychology of moral judgments.

He served as an American Council on Education Fellow in higher education administration in 1987-88. Upon his return from that fellowship he was named the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1988-89. He held that position until he served as the Interim Academic Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1999-2000. Following that he was named to the position of Vice President for Information Resources; now called Information Resources, Marketing and Communications. In that position he has been responsible for overseeing the significant technological resources and the utilization of that technology in running the University as well as the teaching and learning technology at Trinity and now the branding, marketing and general University communications. He is currently responsible for the Coates Library, the AT&T Center for Learning and Technology, Institutional Research, Information Technology Resources, the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning, Marketing and University Communications.

White received his A.B. and M.S. degrees from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Georgia.

Gary Logan

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Mr. Gary Logan is a financial management leader with 27 years of experience in private higher education and has shown a proficiency in financial forecasting, modeling, and business operations management. He has served as Vice President for Finance and Administration since July of 2012. He is a certified public accountant and serves as Trinity’s chief financial officer, providing leadership in the areas of budgeting, endowment management, purchasing, facilities services, human resources, student financial services, conferences and special programs, and campus police. He previously served 16 years as the Associate Vice President of Finance for Southwestern University and 10 years as Controller at Trinity University. Mr. Logan is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Mr. Logan received his B.B.A. from Texas Tech University in 1984 and has been licensed as a certified public accountant since 1987.

Board of Trustees

Board Officers

Mr. Douglas D. Hawthorne '69, '72

Vice Chair
Mr. Michael F. Neidorff '65

Honorary Vice Chair
Ms. Sharon J. Bell

Mr. John R. (J. R.) Hurd

Dr. Katherine Wood Klinger '72

Assistant Treasurer
Mr. Gary Logan

Assistant Secretary
Ms. Claire Smith

Board Members

Mr. Ted W. Beneski

Mr. Walter F. Brown Jr.

Mr. Miles C. Cortez '64

Gen. James T. Hill '68

Mr. George C. Hixon '64

Mr. Walter R. Huntley Jr. '71, '73

Mr. E. Carey Joullian IV '82

Rev. Richard R. Kannwischer '95

Mr. Richard M. Kleberg III '65

Mr. John C. Korbell

Mr. Oliver T.W. Lee '93

Mr. Steven P. Mach '92

Mr. Robert S. McClane '61

Ms. Melody Boone Meyer '79

Mr. Marshall B. Miller Jr.

Mr. Thomas R. Semmes

Mr. Paul H. Smith

Mr. L. Herbert Stumberg Jr. '81

Ms. Lissa Walls Vahldiek '80

Alumni Advisor to the Board of Trustees

Erin Baker '99

Synod of the Sun Representative to the Board

Rev. Dr. Dan Saperstein