Last Updated on November 21, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Texas State University (TXST) has been chosen as the host for a 2024 presidential debate, marking the first time a debate of this nature will be held in Texas. Scheduled for Monday, September 16, 2024, this debate will kick off a series of four general election debates. The subsequent three debates will take place at Lafayette College, Virginia State University, and The University of Utah.
All debates in this series will commence at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and will run for 90 minutes without any commercial interruptions.
One noteworthy aspect of TXST being selected as the host is that it is the sole university in Texas boasting a U.S. President as an alumnus. In 1930, Lyndon B. Johnson graduated from TXST, thereby establishing a significant connection between the institution and the presidency.
The announcement of the university being chosen to host the debate has generated great excitement and pride among both the Texas State University System Chancellor, Brian McCall, and the University President, Kelly Damphousse. They recognize the significance of this opportunity for the institution and its students.
Dr. Kenneth Grasso, a faculty member at Texas State’s political science school, expressed his belief that hosting the debate will have a meaningful impact on the students. He stated, “Hosting the debate will make the election real for our students. It will serve as an invaluable educational experience for them and give them a chance to witness democracy in action.”
While other colleges in Texas have previously hosted presidential primary debates, TXST’s selection as the location for a general election debate is a first for the state. This accomplishment further enhances the prestige and reputation of TXST, solidifying its position as a leading educational institution.
The City of San Marcos, where Texas State University is located, is thrilled about the prospect of hosting the event. However, officials caution that it is still early to discuss the specifics and finer details of the debate. Nonetheless, the city eagerly anticipates welcoming notable political figures and media personnel to their community.
As preparations for this historic event unfold, the entire Texas State University community is gearing up to ensure a successful and memorable debate that will leave a lasting impact on both the institution and the state.