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.

Members of the What Starts Here Campaign Executive and Steering Committees provide UT leaders with strategic oversight and guidance, oversee all campaign volunteers, and serve as key ambassadors and advocates to ensure the success of the most ambitious fundraising campaign in university history.
Executive Committee
Mindy Hildebrand

Mindy Hildebrand

Houston, Texas

“We benefited from the donors who came before us, and now it’s our turn. By supporting our students and faculty, we are investing in the future of Texas and beyond!”

Bobby Patton

Bobby Patton

Fort Worth, Texas

“One of our goals in making gifts is to draw more attention to important work and departments and help them grow. I’m proud that our support plays a part in that.”

Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson

Dallas, Texas

“I received a terrific academic foundation from the Cockrell School of Engineering, and on-campus experiences shaped my social skills and built the value system that continues to guide me today. UT must continue its role as the flagship university of Texas and provide similar educational and social opportunities to others.”

Mitchel Wong, M.D.

Mitchel Wong, M.D.

Austin, Texas

“The University of Texas opened my eyes to new opportunities, enabled me to meet special people and exposed me to experiences that literally changed my life.”
Steering Committee
John L. Adams

John L. Adams

Dallas, Texas

“Because of the education we received at UT and what it has meant to us, we feel an obligation to “pay it back.” The personal joy from making a difference in the lives of students, faculty and programs is amazing.”
Ernie Cockrell

Ernie Cockrell

Houston, Texas

“People who make gifts to universities chart the course for greatness. They inspire others with great love for these institutions and great capacity to serve to make transformational investments.”
Lois Folger

Lois Folger

Midland, Texas

“There’s really no better way to support Texas and our community than to advance our state’s flagship university —to keep UT great.”
Richard Folger

Richard Folger

Midland, Texas

“The opportunity to support UT’s world-class research, and the education of the next generation of leaders, is an investment in the future success and growth of Texas. A contribution to our university will create a positive long-term impact on so many lives.”
Jeanne Klein

Jeanne Klein

Austin, Texas

“We get such personal satisfaction from giving back and helping others enjoy the same educational experience that was provided to us.”
Mickey Klein

Mickey Klein

Austin, Texas

“By creating scholarships for aspiring teachers in the College of Education and future nurses in the School of Nursing, we enable students to pursue their education without the burden of student debt.”
Ray Nixon

Ray Nixon

Dallas, Texas

“I’m a philanthropic supporter because UT transforms people — enabling them to engage our society and make a difference.”

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