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April 19th, 2008
Paper Trail: Trauth’s memo on cocaine arrest of major donor

Dear Colleagues:

For many years, Texas State University enjoyed a relationship of mutual benefit, trust, and respect with The Mitte Foundation of Austin. After the recent arrest of Mr. Scott Mitte, the then-President of The Mitte Foundation, on a charge of cocaine possession, I had to reconsider whether that relationship remained in our University’s best interest, given the exemplary conduct we expect of our faculty, staff, and students.

In spite of efforts by the University to come to an agreeable position with The Mitte Foundation, I have concluded that the time has come for me to recommend to The Texas State University System Board of Regents that the University sever its ties with this Foundation.

Accordingly, the University is taking the following steps, seeking Board of Regents’ approval as necessary:

• I have resigned my position as a member of the advisory Board of Directors of The Mitte Foundation as of April 1, 2008.

• We will return the gifts from The Mitte Foundation that endowed the Mitte Honors Program and remove the Mitte name from that program.

• We are immediately ceasing the acceptance of all future funds from The Mitte Foundation.

Using other University funds, we will honor all financial commitments to students on Mitte scholarships and all faculty currently holding Mitte chairs under a different designation. Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte, founders of The Mitte Foundation, remain honored Distinguished Alumni of the University.

We are saddened by our decision to discontinue a relationship that was so valued both by two of our most outstanding alumni and by our entire University community; but, we have concluded that we cannot continue Texas State’s relationship with this Foundation.

Denise M. Trauth

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