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January 9, 2008

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UT Tyler Palestine Community Leader's Gift to UT Tyler Campaign Continues Family Tradition of Academic Support

The generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Cad Williams to The University of Texas at Tyler upholds a tradition of educational support that dates back to the 1850s.

Cad and his wife, Francis, have made a $100,000 gift to the UT Tyler Palestine Campus development council’s Paving the Way campaign to aid the growth of the campus.

For Williams, supporting education in the Palestine community is a family legacy.

“I suppose it’s fair to say that education is in our genes. In 1858, my great-great-grandfather, George Washington Duke, contributed money for an early school in Palestine. I think he was one of, perhaps, 29 individuals who put up $1,000 each, which was a lot at that time,” Cad said.

Duke’s daughter and Williams’ great-grandmother, Mary Simons, also contributed some of the land on which that school, Palestine Female Academy, was built.

One of Mrs. Williams’ ancestors, Professor A.H. Bailey, served as headmaster of the Palestine Female Academy.

The family’s support of education caught Cad’s attention as a child and was something he strived to continue, which led to his involvement with the UT Tyler Palestine Campus.

Williams chairs the Paving the Way campaign and leads by example by being a donor.

“It’s one of the good things you can do. Of course, I look at it from an economic development paradigm, too. Being in the banking business all of my adult life, I think there are many things that a local university can do for a community, and one of those things is economic development.”

The UT Tyler Palestine Campus development council is working with Texas Area Fund Foundation.

Local leaders purchased 50 acres of land south of the current campus on North Loop 256 on which a new building will be constructed.

The UT Tyler Palestine Campus was created in 1995 and has seen an 89 percent increase in enrollment since 2000. The campus serves students from eight surrounding counties.

For information on the Paving the Way campaign, contact Williams, 903.729.6043 or David Barnard, development council chair, 903.723.7291.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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