I attended the UT Development Board today, where we received a progress report from the Chair of the Campaign for Texas, Kenny Jastrow. We’ve now reached $1.4 billion in total gifts for the campaign. Almost 190,000 alumni and friends have contributed more than 627,000 gifts. And 23% of our alumni have made gifts to the campaign. Thank you!
Before we launched the campaign in October of 2008, some people advised that we consider postponing until the recession subsided. Now $1.4 billion later, I think we made the right decision. We may not reach our goal of $3 billion precisely on schedule, but we’ll get there. If you haven’t contributed, there’s still time!
Tomorrow we’ll be welcoming more than 50,000 visitors to the 40 Acres for Explore UT, the “biggest open house in Texas.”
Families, teachers, and K-12 students from all over Texas are invited to campus to discover what UT has to offer. There will be hands-on science experiments; lectures on everything from politics to literature, language, and history; and demonstrations of the extraordinary research taking place every day on our campus. Explore UT allows the people of Texas to roam the campus and see firsthand what happens in classrooms, laboratories, museums, and performance spaces. This is your university. We are proud to share it with all Texans.
I hope you’ll drop by. Like the visitor below, you might be surprised by what you see.