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August 10th, 2010
McCall and Trauth to speak at Texas State summer commencement

081010McCallBrian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, will address the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony at Texas State on Friday.


Approximately 1,700 students will graduate at one of three Texas State commencement ceremonies Friday at Strahan Coliseum. The ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m., 2 p.m and 6 p.m. The students are candidates for bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees.

Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System (TSUS), will deliver an address to students from the Texas State colleges of Education, Fine Arts and Communications and Health Professions at a ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. at Strahan Coliseum.

Candidates from the colleges of Science and Liberal Arts and the University College are scheduled to attend  a ceremony at 2 p.m.

Candidates from the McCoy College of Business Administration and the College of Applied Arts will attend a ceremony at 6 p.m.

Texas State President Denise Trauth will speak at the 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ceremonies.

McCall holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. He received a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. He spent a year as a visiting post-grad student at Oxford. He is the author of Power and the Texas Governor: Connally to Bush, published by the University of Texas Press in 2009.

Before becoming chancellor of TSUS, McCall served in the Texas House of Representatives, elected to represent North Dallas, Frisco, Plano and Allen. Texas Monthly magazine named him one of the 10 best legislators for the 2009 legislative session.

McCall is also founder and Chairman of the Board of the Empowerment Project. The non-profit organization has sent more than $10 million worth of math and science books to needy schools in the Republic of South Africa. The Empowerment Project also helped construct a library in Vietnam through the Libraries of Love organization. The project has raised more than $350,000 to provide support for the medical needs of children in North Texas.

In his current position as chancellor of TSUS,  McCall monitors the oldest and third largest university system in Texas, with eight universities and colleges utilized by 72,000 students and employing more than 15,000 faculty and staff.

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