Meet Danny Anderson

Danny J. Anderson, Ph.D., joined Trinity in 2015 as the University’s 19th president, with a vision to ensure that Trinity is recognized as the model of 21st century liberal arts and sciences education.

Danny Anderson is an engaged leader in higher education and in the community at large. Prior to joining Trinity University, Anderson was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas. An award-winning teacher and scholar of Mexican literature with a reputation as a highly effective leader, Anderson is the recipient of 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 began his academic career at the University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor of Spanish. He joined the University of Kansas faculty in 1988 and was named full professor in 2003. He has also served as chair of the department of Spanish and Portuguese, associate dean of the College for Interdisciplinary Programs, vice provost for academic affairs, and interim provost and executive vice chancellor.

A native Texan, Anderson 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, and a master’s and doctorate in Spanish from the University of Kansas.

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

Danny and Kimberly Anderson pose with their dog, Willy

The President's Corner

Read president's letters and community messages, and watch President Anderson's video blogs.

The President's Corner

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cover of 2020-21 president's report reads "A Year of Resilience"


A Year of Resilience

Trinity University's 2020-2021 annual report and State of the University explores key university initiatives, including: student and faculty success; diversity, equity, and inclusion; alumni giving and participation; and community engagement.

Read the President's Report

Trinity, Tomorrow.

The Trinity University strategic plan, Trinity Tomorrow, sharpens the University's institutional identity within the familiar framework of our mission, values, and aspirations.

Trinity Tomorrow Plan (PDF)

The President's Office


Executive Assistant to the President
Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Executive Coordinator

Executive Secretary

Past Trinity University Presidents

2010-2015 Dennis A. Ahlburg, Ph.D.
1999-2010 John R. Brazil, Ph.D.
1979-1999 Ronald K. Calgaard, Ph.D.
1976-1979 Marion Bruce Thomas, Ph.D.*
1970-1976 Duncan Wimpress, Ph.D.
1951-1970 James Woodin Laurie, M.A., D.D.
1950-1951 Marion Bruce Thomas, Ph.D
1942-1950 Monroe D. Everett, D.D.
1937-1942 Frank L. Wear, D.D.
1934-1937 Raymond Hotchkiss Leach, Ph.D.
1933-1934 Samuel Lee Hornbeak, Ph.D., L.L.D.**
1921-1933 John Harmon Burma, D.D.
1907-1921 Samuel Lee Hornbeak, Ph.D., L.L.D.
1904-1906 Archelaus Ewing Turner, SC.D., L.L.D.
1902-1904 Leonidas C. Kirkes, A.M.
1901-1902 Jesse Anderson, Ph.D.
1896-1900 Luther Apelles Johnson, A.M.**
1890-1896 B. D. Cockrill, A.M.
1889-1890 Lunsford Dickens, Ph.D.
1885-1889 Luther Apelles Johnson, A.M.
1883-1885 Benjamin G. McLeskey, D.D.
1882-1883 S. T. Anderson, Ph.D.*
1877-1878 R. W. Pitman, M.A., D.D.*
1869-1882 William E. Beeson, D.D.

* acting president
** former president, chairman of faculty during interim