Campaign
Volunteer Leaders

What Starts Here starts with you

The University of Texas at Austin is preparing to launch the What Starts Here campaign — the most ambitious fundraising effort in our history. Committed volunteer leaders set an example for Longhorn Nation through their leadership, passion and personal investments, and will ensure transformative impact on our students, faculty and ability to change the world.

Our campaign volunteer leaders’ generosity, leadership and vision for UT make them some of the university’s most valued partners.

Campaign Ambassador Committee

What Starts Here Campaign Ambassadors are champions for UT, sharing information, opportunities and enthusiasm for the campaign with their networks and supporting campaign outreach across the country and around the world.
Kamela Hollis Aboussie

Kamela Hollis Aboussie

Dallas, Texas

Kenneth Aboussie, Jr.

Kenneth Aboussie, Jr.

Dallas, Texas

"Education is the key to the future. Contributing to UT allows the university to continue providing excellent developmental skills for the next generation."
Susan and Steve West

Austin, Texas

Anne Marie Adkins

Anne Marie Adkins

Fort Davis, Texas

Byron G. Anderson

Byron G. Anderson

Houston, Texas

Eric Anslyn

Eric Anslyn

Austin, Texas

Kurt and Tara Arnold

Kurt and Tara Arnold

Houston, Texas

Scott J. Atlas

Scott J. Atlas

Houston, Texas

Dr. James A. Austin, Jr.

Dr. James A. Austin, Jr.

Austin, Texas

Jack Balagia

Jack Balagia

Houston, Texas

Jimmie Baran

Jimmie Baran

Burnet, Texas

Mike and Susie Barnett

Mike and Susie Barnett

Dallas, Texas

Samuel E. Bassett

Samuel E. Bassett

Austin, Texas

Joe Batson

Joe Batson

Austin, Texas

Joel Bauman

Joel Bauman

San Jose, California

Doug Bech

Doug Bech

Houston, Texas

Fred H. Beerman

Fred H. Beerman

Atlanta, Georgia

"The Texas Constitution created UT as a “university of the first class.” This goal must be constantly supported by those who have received its benefits, including students, alumni and friends. We all need to give our best effort."
Tom Ward

Washington, District of Columbia

Gil Besing

Gil Besing

Dallas, Texas

Sinclair Black

Sinclair Black

Austin, Texas

Craig Bondy

Craig Bondy

Chicago, Illinois

Mary Angela Branch

Mary Angela Branch

Dallas, Texas

Holly A. Bronson

Holly A. Bronson

Houston, Texas

Gail Burris and J. Robert Cooksey

Gail Burris and J. Robert Cooksey

Colleyville, Texas

Preston Butcher

Preston Butcher

Palo Alto, California

Nancy Packer Carlson

Nancy Packer Carlson

Dallas, Texas

Cele and John Carpenter

Cele and John Carpenter

Dallas, Texas

Benjamin H. Carpenter II

Benjamin H. Carpenter II

Dallas, Texas

Chris Cartwright

Chris Cartwright

Chicago, Illinois

Charles A. Caughey

Charles A. Caughey

Houston, Texas

"UT has the global reach to support education initiatives that not only expand students' worldviews, but also promote international communication and understanding."
Jean St. Clair

Austin, Texas

Robert K. Conklin

Robert K. Conklin

Dallas, Texas

Jim Connell

Jim Connell

Houston, Texas

Beth Cozby

Beth Cozby

Houston, Texas

Drew Cozby

Drew Cozby

Houston, Texas

Elizabeth Crook

Elizabeth Crook

Austin, Texas

Sylvie and Gary Crum

Sylvie and Gary Crum

Houston, Texas

Greg Curran

Greg Curran

Houston, Texas

Nimesh Dave

Nimesh Dave

Newport Beach, California

Linnet Deily

Linnet Deily

Houston, Texas

James V. Derrick, Jr.

James V. Derrick, Jr.

Houston, Texas

E. Everett Deschner

E. Everett Deschner

Canyon Lake, Texas

Alan and Barbara Dreeben

Alan and Barbara Dreeben

San Antonio, Texas

Missy and David Druley

Missy and David Druley

Boston, Massachusetts

Dean F. Echenberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Dean F. Echenberg, M.D., Ph.D.

San Francisco, California

"Where else can you leverage your charitable donation so greatly? Here, you can help not only UT's current students, but also future students for generations to come."
Roger Roberts and Mary McCallum

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Raul F. Escandon (Lt., USNR), P.E.

Raul F. Escandon (Lt., USNR), P.E.

Long Beach, California

Mario A. Espinoza

Mario A. Espinoza

Austin, Texas

Paul W. Fisher

Paul W. Fisher

Houston, Texas

Chris Forland

Chris Forland

Austin, Texas

Scott Freeman

Scott Freeman

Houston, Texas

Neal Golden

Neal Golden

Houston, Texas

Debby Jones Gonzales

Debby Jones Gonzales

Houston, Texas

Eric Gonzales

Eric Gonzales

Houston, Texas

Bryan L. Goolsby

Bryan L. Goolsby

Dallas, Texas

Lekha Gopalakrishnan

Lekha Gopalakrishnan

Dallas, Texas

Edmund W. Gordon

Edmund W. Gordon

Ponoma, New York

Lisa and Sandy Gottesman

Lisa and Sandy Gottesman

Austin, Texas

Jim Gressett

Jim Gressett

Austin, Texas

Orrin and Wilma Grove

Orrin and Wilma Grove

Austin, Texas

"The university is preparing the next generation of business leaders who will provide jobs, innovation and economic stability to this country and the world. By supporting UT, we can bless countless individuals in the future."
Hugh Redd

Arlington, Texas

Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton

Houston, Texas

Lisa Hannusch

Lisa Hannusch

Austin, Texas

Carol Franklin Heller

Carol Franklin Heller

Dallas, Texas

Sheri Henriksen

Sheri Henriksen

Houston, Texas

Hilary Hand Hill

Hilary Hand Hill

Marietta, Georgia

Scott A. Hill

Scott A. Hill

Marietta, Georgia

Charles and Shannon Holley

Charles and Shannon Holley

Austin, Texas

Dale Holder

Dale Holder

Austin, Texas

Joe and Sonja Holt

Joe and Sonja Holt

Austin, Texas

Garret and Kim House

Garret and Kim House

Austin, Texas

"We believe that the power of education is life-changing, and that the resources at The University of Texas provide students an opportunity of a lifetime!"
Leslie and John David Moritz

Arlington, Texas

Shinichi Iimura

Shinichi Iimura

Utsonomiya, Japan

Lee Jamieson

Lee Jamieson

Bakersfield, California

Shelly S. Kanter

Shelly S. Kanter

Austin, Texas

Chip Kaye

Chip Kaye

New York, New York

Jennifer M. King Dimas

Jennifer M. King Dimas

Austin, Texas

Candice Koederitz

Candice Koederitz

Houston, Texas

Ferne Kyba

Ferne Kyba

Austin, Texas

Ken Lackey

Ken Lackey

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Shari and Luke Ledbetter

Shari and Luke Ledbetter

Austin, Texas

Kurt Leedy

Kurt Leedy

Dallas, Texas

Joan D. Lewis

Joan D. Lewis

Austin, Texas

Marc Lewis

Marc Lewis

Austin, Texas

Terry Lord

Terry Lord

Houston, Texas

Sam Loughlin

Sam Loughlin

Dallas, Texas

Stephen A. Luskey

Stephen A. Luskey

Fort Worth, Texas

William Lynch

William Lynch

Dallas, Texas

Michael P. Lyons

Michael P. Lyons

Austin, Texas

Diana and Todd Maclin

Diana and Todd Maclin

Dallas, Texas

Steve Mafrige

Steve Mafrige

Houston, Texas

"With our help, the university can remain at the forefront of educating and empowering individuals, our state and our country to change the world in positive and meaningful ways."
Garret and Kim House

Austin, Texas

Rob Malcolm

Rob Malcolm

Austin, Texas

Yi Mao

Yi Mao

Sunnyvale, California

Chris and Christie Manning

Chris and Christie Manning

New York, New York

Kimberly and Scott Martin

Kimberly and Scott Martin

Houston, Texas

Ron Martin

Ron Martin

New York, New York

Charles Masterson

Charles Masterson

Houston, Texas

Scott Mattei

Scott Mattei

Charlotte, North Carolina

Anne Miano

Anne Miano

Seattle, Washington

Abbie Kellogg Milisci

Abbie Kellogg Milisci

Phoenix, Arizona

W. Benjamin and Wendy Moreland

W. Benjamin and Wendy Moreland

Houston, Texas

Leslie and John David Moritz

Leslie and John David Moritz

Arlington, Texas

Blake Neely

Blake Neely

Los Angeles, California

Braden and Traci Neiman

Braden and Traci Neiman

San Antonio, Texas

David R. Parker and Marian Davis

David R. Parker and Marian Davis

Miami Beach, Florida

Carrin F. Patman

Carrin F. Patman

Houston, Texas

Michael R. Piana

Michael R. Piana

Houston, Texas

"UT Austin is a great university. I want to do everything in my power to ensure that it maintains its status among the elite universities in the United States and the world."
Lekha Gopalakrishnan

Dallas, Texas

Mary Linda Portner

Mary Linda Portner

Houston, Texas

Andrew J. Priest

Andrew J. Priest

Houston, Texas

Kathryn Pustejovsky O'Connor

Kathryn Pustejovsky O'Connor

Dallas, Texas

Carolyn and Karl Rathjen

Carolyn and Karl Rathjen

Dallas, Texas

 Macey Hodges Reasoner and Harry M. Reasoner

Macey Hodges Reasoner and Harry M. Reasoner

Houston, Texas

Hugh Redd

Hugh Redd

Arlington, Virginia

Don Reese

Don Reese

Austin, Texas

Hugh Reeves

Hugh Reeves

Fredericksburg, Texas

Louise T. Richman and Dennis Griffith

Louise T. Richman and Dennis Griffith

Houston, Texas

Chrystine Buchholz Roberts

Chrystine Buchholz Roberts

Atlanta, Georgia

Mark A. Roberts

Mark A. Roberts

Atlanta, Georgia

Roger Roberts and Mary McCallum

Roger Roberts and Mary McCallum

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jeff Rosenbaum

Jeff Rosenbaum

Chappaqua, New York

"The University of Texas plays a critical role in building a bright future for Texas. From educating future leaders to conducting the research that meets the challenges of industry and society, UT is an important part of the fabric of our state."
Robert K. Conklin

Dallas, Texas

Khaled Salem

Khaled Salem

Houston, Texas

Jonathan and Emily Saperstein

Jonathan and Emily Saperstein

Houston, Texas

Peruvemba Satish

Peruvemba Satish

Stamford, Connecticut

Melissa and Doug Schnitzer

Melissa and Doug Schnitzer

Houston, Texas

John and Page Schreck

John and Page Schreck

Dallas, Texas

Frank D. Schubert, Ph.D.

Frank D. Schubert, Ph.D.

Austin, Texas

"As a top university, UT has the distinct opportunity to impart valuable life lessons that go beyond the lecture halls and classrooms to its students. It is our responsibility to endow UT with the resources needed to further these students’ enrichment as they prepare to become responsible and successful citizens."

Nimesh Dave

Newport Beach, California

Alan R. Schwartz

Alan R. Schwartz

San Antonio, Texas

George Seay

George Seay

Dallas, Texas

Terry Sebastian

Terry Sebastian

Santa Cruz, California

Mary Eliza and Park Shaper

Mary Eliza and Park Shaper

Houston, Texas

Anne Q. Smith

Anne Q. Smith

Dallas, Texas

Brien P. Smith

Brien P. Smith

Dallas, Texas

Lewis G. Smith III, M.D.

Lewis G. Smith III, M.D.

Tyler, Texas

"UT is a world-class organization with a great public purpose. What starts at UT does indeed change the world."
Sinclair Black

Austin, Texas

Sandeep Soni

Sandeep Soni

Atlanta, Georgia

Jean St. Clair

Jean St. Clair

Austin, Texas

Stuart and Eliza Stedman

Stuart and Eliza Stedman

Houston, Texas

Patricia Stewart and Carl Holliday Harris

Patricia Stewart and Carl Holliday Harris

Phoenix, Arizona

Les Stuewer

Les Stuewer

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Courtney and Doug Swanson

Courtney and Doug Swanson

Houston, Texas

Jeff and Ann Swope

Jeff and Ann Swope

Dallas, Texas

Peyton L. Townsend

Peyton L. Townsend

Dallas, Texas

Jim Truchard

Jim Truchard

Austin, Texas

Bryant and Shari Truitt

Bryant and Shari Truitt

Hunt, Texas

Robert C. and Fallon B. Vaughn

Robert C. and Fallon B. Vaughn

Dallas, Texas

Ramon A. von Drehle

Ramon A. von Drehle

Arlington, Virginia

Tom Ward

Tom Ward

Washington, District of Columbia

Dr. Jerrell R. Watts

Dr. Jerrell R. Watts

New York, New York

"An investment in UT today is an investment in the future — the future of the university and its students, the future of Texas, and in people worldwide."
Anne Marie Adkins

Fort Worth, Texas

Frank Zhen Wei

Frank Zhen Wei

Shanghai, China

Susan and Steve West

Susan and Steve West

Austin, Texas

Michael Wright

Michael Wright

Dallas, Texas

Thomas C. Wright

Thomas C. Wright

Dallas, Texas

Traci and John Young

Traci and John Young

Houston, Texas

Gregg Zeitlin

Gregg Zeitlin

New York, New York

"College is a pivotal time in the lives of young adults, and that was true in my experience at UT. I am honored to give back in ways that enrich the educational experience for UT students."

Kamela Hollis Aboussie

Dallas, Texas

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