SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State University in San Marcos announced Monday that it will hold the inaugural general election debate on September 16, 2024, marking the first of a series of four scheduled debates. According to school officials, this initiative positions Texas State as the first university in the state to host a general election presidential debate.
The university's distinction doesn't end there, as it stands as the sole academic institution in Texas to count a United States president among its alumni. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th U.S. president, graduated from Texas State in 1930.
Chancellor Brian McCall of the Texas State University System expressed, "It’s fitting that the only university in Texas to graduate a U.S. president will be the first university in Texas to host a presidential debate. This is an exciting time at Texas State, and we can’t wait to showcase our great university before a global audience."
Jack Martin, a distinguished alumnus and former chair of the Texas State University System Board of Regents, has been appointed as the chair of the Texas State Presidential Debate Committee. His role involves spearheading fundraising efforts associated with the debate event.