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Since 1972, the President’s Associates program has provided flexible funds to support UT presidents’ top priorities across campus. While alumni and friends often support specific areas of campus according to their interests, many also join President’s Associates to help advance the overall mission of the university.

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President’s Associates support UT presidents’ top priorities and other initiatives across campus.

Several levels of membership are available based on age and annual giving to the Office of the President, making for a diverse group of members. From recent graduates to those who have given their support for decades, the common thread among the more than 700 members is a shared commitment to ensuring that UT remains one of the world’s great public universities.

There are opportunities on campus that might be missed if the President’s Office lacked a source of unrestricted funds, says Corby Robertson, BBA ’69, who, along with his wife, Barbara Robertson, BS ’69, is an Endowment Level member. “The president, being immersed in the day-to-day life of the university, is able to recognize when a timely boost would have an immediate impact, and respond.”

Initiatives that receive President’s Associates support include those that:

  • Recognize and support high-quality teaching and leadership,
  • Increase competitiveness in graduate education and other areas, and
  • Enhance the quality of what UT can offer its undergraduates.

Chelsea Rajagopalan, BA ’09, and her husband, Keshav Rajagopalan, BA ’10, BS ’10, are junior-level President’s Associates who have set up a sustaining monthly gift to the Office of the President. As undergraduates, they observed firsthand the positive effect the program has on campus.

“Chelsea and I were student leaders during our time at UT,” Keshav says. “We saw the president use funds to support student events and initiatives, leadership training, and other strategic efforts that benefited the student experience.”

Some donors, like Aaron Kozmetsky, MBA ’95, and his wife, Tracey, choose to support the university far into the future by including President’s Associates in their estate plan.

“No matter what the world looks like after we’re gone, I think it’s safe to say that UT’s presidents will continue to need resources to address whatever challenges and opportunities come up,” says Aaron. “We’re happy to do something now that will help strengthen the university for future generations.”

Learn more about President’s Associates.

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