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Mike and Judy Tyson

Member Spotlight

If you've succeeded in life because of your education, then you owe more than gratitude to your alma mater.
Mike and Judy Tyson

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

Rick Harsch

 The UT System does a great job of meeting the needs of this diverse, changing world.

 Rick Harsch


Since its founding in 1881, The University of Texas System has expanded into 14 institutions that span the entire state. Supporters who contribute to the UT System become members of the 1881 Society. Through their contributions, 1881 Society members help support the Chancellor's initiatives.

Membership must be renewed each year through a contribution to the UT System.

David and Windi Grimes

Providing life-enriching
experiences for others has a
way of perpetuating a
culture of giving.

David and Windi Grimes


Members may also receive regular communications from the Chancellor and members of the UT System leadership team. In addition, 1881 Society members benefit from joining a collegial group of individuals who are committed to helping build a better future for new generations of Texans.

To become a member of the 1881 Society, contact us at (512) 499-4777 or for more information.

A Tribute to History

Texans voted in 1881 to locate the state's first public university in Austin and its first public medical school in Galveston. Named to commemorate this historic act, the 1881 Society welcomes supporters who contribute annually to the UT System.