Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


 Welcome Message from Our Chairs

Dear Southwestern University Parents:

We want to extend a warm welcome to you from the Parent Leadership Gift Council (PLGC)! We look forward to encouraging additional parents to join our efforts in supporting Southwestern University’s mission of engaging minds and transforming lives.

Through the PLGC, your family has an opportunity to be part of something significant at SU and to further the Southwestern Experience with your time, talents and financial gifts.

Thanks to past chairs Melissa and Sean Burke who brought a passion for Southwestern to every activity and meeting. We look forward to continuing to grow this group of Pirate parents and increasing our positive impact on the University.

We are excited to begin our service this year by focusing on high-impact experiences at Southwestern, and how philanthropy supports them.

We’ll also continue to mentor incoming families and engage with University leadership, including with President Ed Burger, at our meetings held during the fall and spring Family Days. These meetings offer a glimpse into life at Southwestern and showcase the University’s unique offerings in academics, the arts and civic engagement.

To learn more about the PLGC, please visit “About the PLGC.” And, if you haven’t already, please join the SU Parents Facebook page!


Warm Regards,

Robin and Doug McDurham, Waco, TX
Parents of Dakota ’16 and Zane, Class of 2020