Woody Hunt challenges El Paso to fund scholarships


With Grace Xu, an El Paso high school student trying to decide between UT’s McCombs School and Harvard. Scholarships will help bring talented students like Grace to UT.


Thursday I had the pleasure of traveling to El Paso to meet with friends of the University who have responded to a challenge from Woody Hunt.

Woody, a Texas Ex and former regent, has pledged $1 million to the McCombs School of Business if it can raise $2 million. A portion is designated to scholarships for El Paso students, and El Pasoans have risen to the occasion, contributing $350,000 so far.

With its young population and vibrant economic opportunities, El Paso plays critical role in the life of our state, and its relative importance will continue to increase in the years to come. I want to thank Woody for his generosity and vision, both for UT Austin and for the El Paso region. And I also want to thank Amy and Clement Marcus for hosting the lunch and reception for the El Paso community and Regent Paul Foster for being at the event.

What starts here changes the world.

Bill's Signature

With new El Paso Admissions Center, we’re truly statewide


With El Paso high school students

Wednesday I traveled to El Paso to open UT Austin’s newest admissions center. With admissions centers from Longview to El Paso (as well as counselors from the Valley to the Panhandle), it feels like we truly have our arms around the state of Texas.

It was great to see the students, parents, Texas Exes, and University supporters come together to celebrate this opening. To continue to be Texas’ top public research university, we need the best students from every part of our state. Far west Texas represents a very important region for us. Congratulations to Michael Talamantes, the center’s founding director.

There are two prepositional phrases in our name: “of Texas” and “at Austin.” We are first and foremost “of Texas” — all of Texas. And although we’ve recruited in El Paso for a long time, it feels good to have a permanent presence there ensuring we get good information about the University to El Paso’s brightest students and their parents.

Hook ’em Horns,

Bill's Signature





Opening the El Paso Admissions Center



With Corinne Chacon of the office of State Sen. Jose R. Rodriguez, and my wife, Kim