The University of Texas at Tyler University Advancement
UT Tyler Fund Raising, Special Events and Alumni
The Office of University Advancement is comprised of the Development and Alumni Affairs operations at The University of Texas at Tyler. These two elements work together to maximize philanthropic contributions to the University and to actively engage alumni in the life of their alma mater.
Fund raising activities, volunteer-driven programs, and special events provide a means of increasing understanding and support for the institutional goals, thereby enhancing the visibility and extending the reputation of the University.
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In Memorium to Bill Barrett
"UT Tyler has enjoyed a friendship with Bill and Glenda that spans two decades. They turned a favorite pastime, golf, into a life-changing experience for students. We can't thank them enough for their continued support of our scholarship program and the deserving students it benefits," Dr. Rod Mabry said.
The university presented this prestigious award Feb. 10, 2012 during a Presidential Reception in the Barrett's home. Mayor Barbara Bass proclaimed February 10, 2012 as "Bill and Glenda Barrett Patriots of the Year 2012" day in the city of Tyler.
The Barretts began their university support through the Eisenhower International Golf Classic, a scholarship fundraiser hosted by UT Tyler.
"This was our way of helping kids who really needed it," said Glenda.
Barrett Motor Company sponsored a vehicle drawing for the fundraiser, which is now the Patriot Classic. He saw to it that there was a vehicle to be given away each year for many years. Glenda served as an ambassador, one of the many dedicated volunteers who staffed the event. Bill also sponsored a team each year in the golf tournament and eventually became a member of the Classic Society, an elite group of community leaders who provide the majority of the golf tournament's support.
In 2005, the Patriot Ambassador organization honored Glenda's efforts with a scholarship in her name, and in 2006 the Barretts established the Bill and Glenda Barrett/ Greater Texas Foundation Removing Educational Barriers Scholarship.
"This gift is now valued at more than $215,000 and provides continuous funding for future generations. Endowed scholarships like those that the Barretts have provided are crucial to so many East Texas students who are very bright, but still need financial help," said Mabry.
Because of their clear vision, Bill and Glenda also recently established a very significant scholarship fund through their estate plan.
Scholarships are critical in the recruitment of the very best students outside the region, too, he added.
"Our choice to give to student scholarships was the best one for us, considering our priorities. We knew it was the way to educate a new generation, filling the shoes of retiring Baby Boomers who helped make this country successful," said Bill.
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