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 meeting current members and 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 Teresa and Haynes Morris who, along with Amanda Parr, Director of University Relations—Leadership Gifts, did a wonderful job of launching the PLGC in 2013 and confirming 26 households in 2015. We look forward to growing this group of Pirate parents and increasing our positive impact on the University.

We are excited this year to begin a new program within the University community—a PLGC Mentorship Campaign. Current PLGC members will be in touch with first-year parents to welcome them and to share experiences and campus resources.

We’ll continue to engage with University leadership, including with President Ed Burger, at our meetings held during the fall and spring family events. 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,

Sean & Melissa Burke, Austin, TX
Parents of Bethany, Class of 2018