2019-2020 Chancellor's Council Chair
Robert W. Shepard with wife Anne

Member Spotlight

The Auler family spans four successive UT generations and through their family endowments are giving it forward - providing funds in perpetuity for the next generation. Read more about the Aulers.

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Roles and Responsibilities

The Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee (CCEC) encourages nominations of members who represent all geographic areas of Texas and who reflect the rich and diverse population of our state and the 14 UT institutions. Having CCEC members who bring a variety of perspectives based on different backgrounds and experiences helps foster broader engagement with and support of all UT institutions. The CCEC:

  • Serves as a strategic advisory group for the Chancellor and key officials associated with the UT System. CCEC members offer ideas, assistance and perspectives on issues of importance to the UT System and to higher education and health in Texas.
  • Encourages public support of higher education and health. As informed, dedicated volunteers, CCEC members may be asked to communicate with individuals as appropriate regarding the need for high quality, affordable and accessible higher education and health care.
  • Provides special assistance to the Chancellor in local communities. CCEC members serve as hosts for the Chancellor, arranging meetings with key business and community leaders, the media, public officials and others.

Becoming a CCEC Member

The Chancellor’s Council has more than 20,000 members who have contributed to one or more of the 14 University of Texas institutions or the UT System. Current members of the Chancellor’s Council who wish to be considered for the CCEC must:

  • Have given $25,000 cumulatively to one or more UT institutions or to the UT System.
  • Continue to support UT institutions financially and through volunteerism, and fulfill an annual membership contribution of $2,500 to the UT System while an active member and $2,000 once moving to Lifetime Membership.  
  • Serve for an initial term of three years. Terms may be renewed up to two additional times (for a total of nine years of service), before consideration for Lifetime Membership. 
  • Participate in at least one CCEC meeting per year.
  • Be nominated by two individuals for consideration. Self-nominations may be submitted. CCEC Nomination Form 

CCEC Meetings 

(Members are asked to attend at least one of these meetings annually.)

Fall Meeting – This meeting offers members an in-depth experience with the educational, research and clinical missions of a UT institution. New CCEC members are recognized at the fall meeting. The 2019 CCEC Fall meeting was held in Austin on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Winter Meeting – CCEC members meet in January or February at one of the 14 UT institutions. In addition to enjoying a campus experience, members hear from leaders, faculty and students about the programs and priorities that are unique to advancing that institution. Winter meetings rotate among most UT institutions. The 2020 CCEC Winter Business Meeting was held January 31 and February 1, 2020, at UT Rio Grande Valley. 


Spring MeetingThe spring CCEC business meeting is held in Austin in conjunction with the Chancellor’s Council Annual Meeting & Symposium. The Symposium highlights how UT institutions, faculty and researchers are addressing a grand challenge that is important to Texas and Texans. The meeting also provides members with an opportunity to hear the Chancellor’s State of the System address. The afternoon concludes with a reception for all Chancellor’s Council members and guests. The 2020 CCEC Spring meeting will be held Friday, May 1, 2020, in Austin. 

Deep DiveThe UT System Deep Dive was created in response to requests from CCEC members interested in learning more about the inner workings of the UT System Administration. This day-long meeting in Austin typically is offered twice a year and provides CCEC members with a “deeper dive” into the System Administration’s operational and administrative functions, priority issues on campuses, and the System’s responsibilities to the institutions and the public. The session ends with a reception hosted by the Chancellor and Chancellor’s Council Chairman.