Danny J. Anderson, Ph.D., became the 19th president of Trinity University in May 2015. His vision for Trinity includes ensuring that the University is recognized as the model of 21st century liberal arts and sciences education envisioned by the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan. Anderson plans to be an engaged community leader and has already been appointed to the board of trustees of the United Way of Bexar County and San Antonio.
“As I begin my first semester, I have high expectations,” Anderson says. “Faculty will return and students will arrive. I expect a new level of energy. I will learn Trinity traditions alongside the class of 2019 and become a part of the larger community of faculty and staff who help our students discover new perspectives, grow intellectually, and become remarkable Trinity alumni.”
Previously, Anderson was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, where he oversaw a college that consisted of approximately 600 faculty and 55 departments and programs. 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 joined the Kansas faculty in 1988 as an assistant professor of Spanish 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’s in Spanish from Austin College (Sherman, Texas), and a master’s and doctorate in Spanish from the University of Kansas. Anderson’s wife, Kimberly, a teacher, librarian, and community volunteer, says that she is happy to be at a university that is “situated in such a beautiful neighborhood. We enjoy morning and evening walks on the campus and along the streets and sidewalks of the historic Monte Vista neighborhood.”
The Word's Out
One of Danny’s favorite pastimes? Listening to podcasts. He shares his five favorites with the Trinity community:
- On Being, Krista Tippett
- This is Your Life, Michael Hyatt
- The Lede, Jerod Morris and Demian Farnworth
- Smart Talk, Lisa B. Marshall
- The Writer Files, Kelton Reid