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"My father thought college made for better citizens, better taxpayers - better communities. He was always a big believer in higher education for the improvement of our society."
Caroline and Nelson Puett

Find out what inspires others to support The University of Texas System.

Cynthia Glover and Dwight WilliamsIn establishing an endowment, you make a promise to contribute loyally to an organization.

Cynthia Glover and
Dwight Williams


The Ashbel Smith Circle recognizes supporters who establish endowments for strategic use by the Chancellor of The University of Texas System. Endowment gifts are invested, never spent. Earnings from these investments are for the unrestricted use of the Chancellor to support the Chancellor’s initiatives and advance the mission of the UT System.

Cindi and Rex G. Baker IIIIt's about doing what's right for the next generation and always striving to leave something better than the way you found it.

Cindi and Rex G. Baker III


To become a member of the Ashbel Smith Circle, contact us at (512) 499-4740, or email us at

Who was Ashbel Smith?

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Ashbel Smith, M.D., was the first president of The University of Texas System Board of Regents. He had a long and distinguished career in medicine, education and public service.

During his term on the Board of Regents, Smith was dedicated to recruiting the best faculty members available and to developing a curriculum befitting a "university of the first class." Smith became known as both the "father of Texas medicine" and the "father of The University of Texas."

It is appropriate that individuals investing in UT System endowments in perpetuity be linked to Ashbel Smith's name.