Danny Anderson celebrated his inauguration as 19th President of Trinity University outside with a recessional. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone
Trinity University President Danny Anderson, shown here on his inauguration day in 2016, says he will retire at the end of this school year. Credit: Kathryn Boyd-Batstone / San Antonio Report

After leading the university since 2015, Trinity University President Danny Anderson announced Monday he will retire at the end of this school year.

Anderson — often referred to as “Danderson” by Trinity students after his email address — is the 19th president of the private university with an enrollment of about 2,600 undergraduate students.

For the past two years, Anderson, 63, has led the university through the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, U.S. News & World Report’s influential college rankings listed Trinity as No. 1 among Western regional universities, a spot it’s held for almost three decades. In a news release Monday, Anderson stated that he’s been honored to serve as president of the university.

“In [my] time, we have worked together to chart a new trajectory for Trinity University,” Anderson said. “While I am enthusiastic about Trinity’s bright future, the pandemic has given me the opportunity to re-examine my personal priorities.”

During his tenure, Anderson has helped moved Trinity forward in its campus master plan, a part of the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan for renovations, enhancements, space usage, and new construction. He also created the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in 2019, which gives the university’s president an annual report on “sustained change in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion,” according to the release. 

Anderson’s retirement announcement comes less than two weeks after Trinity secured it largest-ever donation, $25 million from alumnus Michael Neidorff and the Neidorff Family Trust. The gift will fund multiple scholarships, an endowed faculty position, and completing renovations to the Chapman Center, which will house the business school that will be renamed after Neidorff.

“I have the utmost respect and appreciation for President Anderson, his many accomplishments, and future vision for Trinity, so I have a deep sense of loss of his steady leadership,” Trinity’s Board of Trustees Chair Melody Boone Meyer stated in the release. “At the same time, I fully respect his decision to retire. Given the tremendous support the trustees and the entire Trinity community have for his extraordinary leadership, he and I will work together to ensure a highly successful succession.”

Anderson’s advocacy for staff and faculty has been critical to achieving institutional goals, Meyer stated.

The board of trustees is establishing a search committee that will consist of board members as well as faculty, staff, student, and alumni representatives, according to the release. 

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Lindsey Carnett

Lindsey Carnett covers the environment, science and utilities for the San Antonio Report.