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Trinity University Selects 19th President

Monday, December 15, 2014

Award-winning professor and Latin-American literature scholar Danny J. Anderson to assume Trinity presidency

by Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75

SAN ANTONIO – Trinity University’s Board of Trustees has elected Danny J. Anderson, Ph.D. to serve as the University’s 19th president. Anderson, currently dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, will assume the presidency May 29, 2015.

“The Board’s decision to elect Danny Anderson as Trinity’s next president was unanimous,” said Doug Hawthorne ’69, ’72, chairman of Trinity’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Anderson’s leadership experience and perspective, his knowledge of the higher education landscape, and his commitment to the liberal arts experience, will be of tremendous value as Trinity advances as an innovative leader in higher education.” Trinity recently established and approved a ten-year strategic plan designed to place the University at the forefront of defining the new liberal arts experience.

“It is an exciting opportunity to lead Trinity University during this transformational period,” said Anderson. “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,” he added.

Anderson is a long-time faculty member and administrator at the University of Kansas. He oversees a college that consists of approximately 600 faculty and 55 departments and programs and is responsible for budgetary oversight, curriculum development, and faculty recruitment and development. Known on the Lawrence, Kansas campus as a highly effective leader, Anderson was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2010. His leadership has helped to raise more than $80 million as part of a capital campaign, revitalized the college’s advisory board, and restructured staff roles to better support alumni engagement.

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. He is the author of one book and editor of nine books, including titles in the series “Pan-American Literature in Translation” for the University of Texas Press; and he has published more than 25 articles, essays, book chapters, and translations. A specialist in Mexican literature and culture, his 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, I believe my unique background will help Trinity further engage the many facets of San Antonio’s heritage. I look forward to becoming actively involved in the San Antonio community,” he said.

Anderson began his academic career in 1985 at the University of Texas at Austin. 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.

President-Elect Anderson is a native Texan. He was born in Houston and lived most of his formative years in Rusk, Texas. 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. Anderson and his wife, Kimberly, a teacher, librarian, and community volunteer, are parents to two adult children.

Chosen following a national search, Anderson will succeed President Dennis A. Ahlburg. President Ahlburg, who announced in May that he would be stepping down at the end of his contract, will begin a sabbatical January 2, 2015.

Trinity University, one of the nation's top private undergraduate institutions, is known for its superior academic quality, personalized attention with outstanding faculty, exceptional resources, real-world preparation, and vibrant campus life. Trinity is a community that encourages students to discover, grow, and become passionate, productive individuals. Located in historic, culturally rich San Antonio, Trinity offers the most relevant education option for talented students today.

sjones [at] trinity.edu (Sharon Jones Schweitzer) ’75 is the assistant vice president for External Relations. You can follow her on Twitter @sjschweitzer.