Why UT Alum Byron Anderson Believes in Planned Giving
Since graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 1988, Byron Anderson has been an active and enthusiastic alumnus. He is a present member in the Texas Exes Houston chapter, has served on the Texas Exes Advisory Council, and has served two-terms as chair of the Texas Exes Black Alumni Steering Committee. However, it was the work of the DDCE that eventually attracted his focus, contributions and loyalty.
“When Dr. Vincent first came to UT we met and he shared his vision,” Anderson recalled. “It was so positive and impactful, and it made me want to get involved more and work with him to achieve his goals…cultivating a space where global education, diversity and inclusion is celebrated is so important. I am most proud to be a part of a group of people who are truly a voice for the University.”
Byron Anderson’s service lineage and ancestral impact on the Austin area reaches back several generations, a narrative that seems inextricably linked to his own hopes of building a lasting legacy. Anderson’s family foot print in central Texas includes his grandmother, Petrenella Johnson McConico, who graduated in 1934 from the historically black college, Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson University) and his grandfather, Garfield McConico, Sr., who was elected as the first African-American City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem of Round Rock. From an early age the example of Anderson’s grandparents to enrich one’s life through education, globalization and giving, impacted his academic, social and professional pursuits.
While global impact remains a top interest of Anderson, he’s been equally as passionate about many of DDCE’s other programs, including the Gateway Scholars Program which assists student-athletes with acclimating and adjusting to the academic rigors of college and the social and cultural transitioning that often comes as well. “Aligned with the overall strategy – I like that Gateway Scholars Program helps our student athletes,” Anderson shares. “Your experience has a lot to do with your success at the school, and so it’s wonderful to help these students get integrated and set goals early on.”
It is Anderson’s passion for the work of DDCE that has led him to give of his time and talent. A member of the DDCE Advisory Council since 2010, Anderson has served as an Advisory Council ambassador for the DDCE Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement and Texas Exes The Project Worldwide collaboration. But Anderson’s giving of his time and talent is equally matched by his giving of treasure. A sustaining member of the DDCE Vice President’s Excellence Fund, Anderson recently made one of the first planned gifts to the division. Through planned giving, Anderson hopes to build a legacy that exceeds the notion of “time, talent or treasure,” and is decisively transformative. “If you give service that is only dependent on your time and efforts, then it stops with you, but with planned giving, the impact keeps on going even when you’re gone.”
– Virginia A. Cumberbatch