University Development Board
Message from the Board Chair
April 29, 2016
We had a productive Development Board meeting on April 15. I want to express my appreciation to the Development Board for hosting President Fenves during his inaugural year and helping to introduce him to important thought leaders throughout the country.
I also want to thank those of you who supported this year’s university-wide fundraising effort, 40 Hours for the Forty Acres, that ran from April 27 through April 28 and raised a record-breaking $2.4 million. Because of the Development Board’s contributions ahead of time, the university was able to establish a challenge pool to incentivize participation and friendly competition. This added a new level of excitement and raised the bar for future years. Click here to watch a very special thank you from UT’s faculty and students.
Our guest speakers spotlighted some of the president’s top initiatives, offering prime opportunities for Board involvement:
Professor William Inboden (Clements Center) and Professor Bobby Chesney (Strauss Center)
Under their leadership, the Clements Center for National Security and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law are closely partnered teaching and research centers that put UT Austin in the vanguard of public policy on national security and foreign affairs. Both centers emphasize educational opportunities for students, high-impact research on matters of compelling national interest, and high-profile events that bring the world to campus while also taking campus to the world. The Clements Center uses the insights of history to address current national security policy, while the Strauss Center emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach ranging from law to computer science.
Will and Bobby delivered a joint presentation concerning the challenge of terrorism and America’s response. An example of their collaboration is the Intelligence Studies Project, designed to make
Founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation (CSLi), Daron Roberts discussed the center’s mission to cultivate character development, leadership skills, and long-term welfare of student-athletes and coaches. CSLi unites academic and athletic units on and off campus and offers a required Signature Course for all freshmen athletes. Sixty percent of NBA players and 78 percent of NFL players become bankrupt within a few years of leaving professional sports. CSLi is better preparing UT’s student-athletes with a financial literacy program. The center has developed training and curriculum models for Texas coaches as well as high school student-athletes and piloted the programs with Austin ISD. CSLi plans to grow its programs across Texas and is positioned to be a national leader in sport culture.
Unlike other sports initiatives, the center reports to the President’s Office, from which it received $300,000 in start-up funds. Private support remains essential. The fundraising goal is $10 million, with opportunities for donations of all sizes up to and including a gift that would secure the naming of the center. The CSLi will be featured in the May/June 2016 edition of the Alcalde, but click here for a sneak peak.
Goodbye to a Dear Longhorn Lady
Priscilla Pond Flawn, a gracious and extraordinarily dedicated first lady of UT Austin, passed away April 12. She was the wife of UT Austin President Emeritus and fellow Development Board life member Peter T. Flawn. To honor Pris’ legacy, the family has asked that memorial gifts be made to the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory, online or by check payable to UT Austin and mailed to 120 Inner Campus Drive G2500, Austin, TX 78712.
Fall Development Board Meeting
As soon as we secure the date and location for the next Development Board meeting we will let you know. I look forward to seeing you back on campus in the fall.