Parent Leadership Gift Council

About the PLGC

Parents of current students are eligible to join the Parent Leadership Gift Council (PLGC) by making an annual gift of $2,500 or more to support any area of campus life. 

Contact

Grace Pyka

Senior Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Phone

512.863.1486

Grace Pyka

Senior Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Purpose
  • To offer opportunities for meaningful engagement between parents and University leadership.
  • To help maintain the excellence of University programs by supporting the Parent Fund (part of the Southwestern Fund).
  • To promote parent-to-parent interaction within the University community.
  • To serve as a network of informed ambassadors for the University.
Membership Expectations
  • Commit to a one-year renewable term and participate in two meetings annually: during Homecoming and Spring Family Day. Meetings vary in format, but often include student and faculty panels, distinguished alumni speakers, and input from President Ed Burger.
  • Make an annual leadership gift of $2,500 or more to support the Parent Fund (part of the Southwestern Fund) or any other campus program or initiative that supports students’ educational and co-curricular experiences.
  • Serve the University in ways that are meaningful to your family, such as hosting a Send-Off Party, contacting incoming SU families, writing notes to prospective Southwestern families, connecting students with internship opportunities, and many more!
Membership Benefits
  • Receive an invitation to a spring event hosted by President Burger for PLGC members and their students.
  • Receive invitations to private donor events and select University events.
  • Enjoy reserved seating at University events, including Commencement, Shilling Lecture, and SING!
  • Connect directly with University Relations staff who answer questions and assist with efforts to support Southwestern University.
Parent Leadership Gift Council Chairs

Mike and Lee Barry, San Antonio, Texas, 2019-
Robin and Doug McDurham, Waco, Texas, 2017-2019
Melissa and Sean Burke, Austin, Texas 2015-2017
Teresa and Haynes Morris, Dallas, Texas 2013-2015