Jack Garey was the President of Garey Construction Company and a former member of Southwestern’s Board of Trustees (1998-2016).  Mr. Garey is an outstanding member of the Georgetown Community and is a committed environmentalist, business leader and philanthropist.  Even though he is one of Southwestern’s most generous individual donors in the University’s history, Mr. Garey is exceptionally modest. He sees his contributions to the University as his moral obligation, so he asks not to receive recognition for his transformational gifts—which include endowed scholarships. Thus, he is being nominated for his contributions to central Texas to enhance and promote green spaces and the environment.

Mr. Garey’s most significant contribution to central Texas generally, and the Georgetown community specifically, is the creation of the 525 acre Garey Park on Leander Road.  Land he could have sold for tens of millions of dollars for residential or commercial real estate development will instead forever remain open green space where the community can gather, reflect, and explore.  When Garey Park opens in 2017 it will be one of the finest public parks in America—larger than Austin’s Zilker Park. In an Austin American Statesman article from January 3, 2015, Kimberly Garrett, Director of Georgetown’s Parks and Recreation Center, said “the park is the biggest gift the city of Georgetown has received in the past 20 years.”

Jack holds a law degree and undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin.  He is a former attorney, a business leader, and a developer. 

Location: Georgetown