Trauth named one of state's most influential women

Posted by Mark Hendricks
University News Service
May 15, 2008


Texas State University-San Marcos President Denise M. Trauth has been named by Texas Diversity, a new publication that focuses on diversity and inclusion in the state of Texas, as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas.

This list, compiled from submitted nominations and research conducted by the Texas Diversity staff, includes 36 impressive women leaders from corporate entities, higher education institutions and the public sector. These women demonstrate leadership excellence, maintain a record of accomplishments throughout their careers, are major contributors to their fields of work, significantly impact the profitability and direction of their organizations, and are committed to the well-being of the community.

The 2008 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas list includes (listed in alphabetical order):

Arcilia C. Acosta
President & Chief Executive Officer
CARCON Industries & Construction

Colleen C. Barrett
Southwest Airlines

Gretchen M. Bataille, Ph.D.
University of North Texas

Maria Wyckoff Boyce
Baker Botts, L.L.P.

Jeri Callaway
Vice President & General Manager, Personal Systems Group
Hewlett-Packard Company

Amy Chronis
Managing Partner
Deloitte and Touche, L.L.P.

Janet F. Clark
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Marathon Oil Corporation

Donna Fujimoto Cole
President & Chief Executive Officer
Cole Chemical and Distributing Inc.

Catherine M. Coughlin
Senior Executive Vice President & Global Marketing Officer

Patricia Diaz Dennis
Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel

Harva R. Dockery
Fulbright and Jaworski, L.L.P.

Pamela A. Eibeck, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Engineering
Texas Tech University

Paula Gold-Williams
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
CPS Energy

Winell Herron
Group Vice President of Public Affairs & Diversity
H-E-B Grocery Company

Earsa R. Jackson
Strasburger & Price, L.L.P.

Elizabeth Ames Jones
Railroad Commission of Texas

Lynne Liberato
Haynes and Boone, L.L.P.

Janiece M. Longoria
Managing Partner
Ogden, Gibson, Brooks & Longoria, L.L.P.

Tracye McDaniel
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Greater Houston Partnership

Elsa A. Murano, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University

Diana S. Natalicio, Ph.D.
University of Texas at El Paso

Michelle Peluso
Chief Executive Officer

Anita T. Perry
First Lady of Texas

Marie Perry
Vice President of Treasury Operations & Investor Relations
Brinker International, Inc.

Cheri M. Phyfer
President, Southwest Division
Sherwin-Williams Company

Alice Rodriguez
Executive Vice President & Vice Chairman
JP Morgan Chase Bank & Co.

Kim A. Ruth
President, Houston Region
Bank of America

Jamey Seely
Vice President & General Counsel
Direct Energy U.S.

Delena Spencer
Vice President & Controller
Texas Instruments Inc.

Karen D. Taylor
Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer
Reliant Energy

Linda Valdez Thompson
Executive Vice President of Administration & Diversity
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Denise M. Trauth, Ph.D.
Texas State University-San Marcos

Lora Villarreal, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer
Affiliated Computer Services

Jennifer L. Vogel
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Continental Airlines, Inc.

Julia C. Wellborn
President, Dallas-Fort Worth Region
Wachovia Corporation

Kathleen J. Wu
Andrews Kurth, L.L.P.

"The women in the Most Powerful and Influential list exude excellence and are prime examples of what a 'leader' should be," said Dennis Kennedy, founder and CEO of the Texas Diversity Council and publisher of Texas Diversity. "These are talented and committed individuals that bring incredible value to their organizations and their communities."

For more information about the 2008 Most Powerful and Influential Women list, visit

About Texas Diversity

Texas Diversity focuses on diversity and inclusion in the state of Texas. Published three times a year, the magazine covers diversity issues and features regular departments including diversity facts, corporate diversity profiles, calendars, financial literacy, and diversity best practices. The publication's content caters to business professionals, diversity-owned businesses, educators, students, government officials, institutions of higher learning, and non-profit organizations. For more information about Texas Diversity, visit

About the Texas Diversity Council

The Texas Diversity Council (TXDC) is a non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations and companies to grow their knowledge of diversity. The organization provides a platform for organizations to learn from top corporate leaders in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The TXDC, a member of the National Diversity Council, currently serves the greater metropolitan areas of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. For more information about the organization, visit