Texas Exes 2022 Annual Report

All over the world, Longhorns are living, working, and leading. They are making the change they want to see and driving innovation across every field. It’s an exciting time to be a Texas Ex.

At your alumni association, we are proud to connect 570,000 Longhorns and help them be a force for good. The following is an overview of the impact the Texas Exes has made over the past year. We launched exciting new initiatives, doubled down on our support for Longhorn entrepreneurs, tapped into the power of our collective personal and professional networks, and as always, gave back to the place that changed our lives forever. We also announced ambitious goals to support the university’s What Starts Here Campaign, including an interactive exhibit at the Alumni Center that will showcase the greatness of our alumni.

As we rebound from such challenging times, the big takeaway from this past fiscal year is that the association was able to support Longhorn Nation with more scholarships, programming, benefits, and services than ever before.

And even though we’ve been at this now for more than 135 years … we like to think we’re just getting started. We've known it since the very beginning, and it's more true every year:

It wouldn’t be Texas without the Exes.

Chuck Harris signature

Chuck Harris
BBA ’86, Life Member
Executive Director & CEO



Membership powers the programs that strengthen UT, enhance the student experience, and keep alumni connected. Thank you everyone who answered the call by joining the Texas Exes this year or upgrading to Life Membership!

Read: History of the Texas Exes Life Membership  

Chapters & Networks


Texas Exes chapters are located across the globe and serve the needs of more than 570,000 alumni. Each year, they provide scholarship support to hundreds of the best and brightest students from their local areas.

120,202 total members 86,421 Life members 101 active domestic chapters 33 active international chapters $497,000 awarded in chapter scholarships 293 chapter scholarship recipients Over 500 chapter and network engagement activations


Texas Exes networks are made up of Longhorns who share a common bond. These volunteer-led groups create a way for alumni to connect around shared interests, UT experiences, or affiliations. Each year, they provide scholarship support to deserving students who share those same bonds.

Read: The Hispanic Alumni Network Is a Home-Away-From-Home for Texas Exes

14 active networks $24,550 network scholarship funds 13 network scholarship recipients
Scholarships $1,091,915  awarded to 340 students
Scholarships $497,000  awarded to 293 students
Scholarships $24,550  awarded to 13 students
Forty Acres 
Scholars Program $2.3 million  awarded to 72 scholars
Scholarships $150,400  awarded to 26 scholars

The above totals include Opportunity Scholarships, which were awarded to 109 deserving students this year and fall within every scholarship category. Established by alumni, these scholarships provide transformative funds for students from traditionally underrepresented groups, challenged geographic regions, and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Read: New Scholarship Blooms With Help of Texas Law ‘Sunflower Lady’ Susana Alemán

Read: A New Scholarship for Black Students Aims to Help Longhorns in the Business World

Spirit & Traditions



In 1996 the Texas Exes launched the Official University of Texas Class Ring. More than a piece of jewelry—the ring is a physical reminder of a Longhorn’s time on campus, the hard work put in to earning a degree, and the indelible impact UT has made on their life. To date more than 55,000 Longhorns have participated in the class ring tradition making it one of the largest programs in the nation.

Read: Fifty Years Later, Longhorn Siblings Gift Their Mom a Class Ring

alumni ordered class rings   3,635 
students and alumni ordered 
class rings


The Etter-Harbin Alumni Center is home on campus for alumni of The University of Texas at Austin. The surrounding tile and plaque pavilion is a picturesque, on-campus testament to the proud legacy of the university’s alumni. In 2021–22, more than 590 alumni and friends took part in the tradition.

Watch: Alcalde Docs: Engraved and Engaged

generated from   590 
tile and plaque purchases
Texas Fight Rally


The Texas Fight Rally & Parade is held every year before the Texas vs. OU game. This year the celebration included special guests Coach Sarkisian, Texas Football, ROTC, UT Cheer & Pom, the Longhorn Band, Hook ‘Em, BEVO, and the Austin community.


In 1917, Governor Jim Ferguson vetoed the university’s appropriation fund, cutting off the very lifeline that funded the young university. The Texas Exes led the charge in opposing the governor and, as a result, Ferguson was impeached. Since then, the association has protected UT’s interests at the state and federal levels through the UT Advocates for Higher Education program. UT Advocates volunteers stay well-informed on higher education issues and work to make sure our alma mater is strongly represented with lawmakers and key decision-makers in Texas and Washington. The pinnacle event from 2021–22 was Longhorns on the Hill.

Read: How the Texas Exes’ Founding Shaped the State’s History  

UT Advocates   454 
alumni-legislator connections made during Longhorns on the Hill and federal activity 47 
Longhorns elected to the Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress
6 issues of the Alcalde magazine per year 210,000 estimated print readers
total social media followers              Facebook likes                  94,600
        Twitter followers              42,268 
        Instagram followers        44,585 
        LinkedIn members           63,553
Alcalde Docs exploring everything from how the Tower bells are played to how UT researchers closed the case on dinosaur extinction.


Each spring and fall semester, the Texas Exes transforms the lives of incoming students through experiences like Camp Texas, fostering connections with other students, professors, administrators, and UT traditions. The 2021 Summer Session was scheduled for August with 785* students registered to attend, but it was unfortunately canceled due to COVID. The Spring Session, held in January 2022, was the first in-person Camp Texas in two years with 11 students. Through it all, CT alumni, counselors, and new students were able to connect and keep spirits up! The extraordinary challenges of the pandemic made it clear how invaluable this program is to the Longhorn community.

Photos: Happy Campers — Photo Essay by a Camper

students registered to attend 
the Summer Session 11 
students attended 
Spring 2022 Camp Texas
Flying Longhorns


Since 1961, more than 25,000 alumni and friends have traveled with the Flying Longhorns. Our renowned trips set the stage for participants to reconnect with UT, deepen their relationship with Texas Exes, make new like-minded friends, and continue learning.

Read: Way Out West



HookedIn is the official networking platform for UT Austin alumni and students. Texas Exes and Texas Career Engagement partnered with UT Austin colleges and schools to offer alumni, students, faculty, and staff this powerful online networking and career-boosting community. In 2021, the burnt-orange networking platform grew to 20,000 users in 58 countries.

Read: The Newest Class of Outstanding Young Texas Exes Define ‘Success’—And What It Means to Them


Every year, thousands of alumni make an additional contribution beyond membership to the Texas Exes. Their gifts are put to good use and further our efforts to strengthen UT. Together we positively impact the university and its community.

Read: Texas Exes Scholarship Stats

Read: A Look at the Biggest Fundraising Campaign in UT’s History

6,696 donors
helped further our work this last year through gifts to the following areas: Annual Giving                       4,483      Unique donors                                  3,682 
     First-time donors                             1,336  Tiles and Plaques                   590  Scholarships                               1,623        Chapter                                              413 
     Network                                              85 


We continued to evolve the suite of services under the umbrella of the Longhorn Business Network to support alumni-run businesses. From a growing Shop Longhorn business directory and a business membership to the launch of a new speaker series targeted to business needs, the Longhorn faithful can now shop and support one another.

Learn more: Connect with the Longhorn Business Network

Longhorns have added their business to the Shop Longhorn business listing.

More about Texas Exes leadership
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President and Chair
Patty Huffines

Executive Director
Chuck Harris

Immediate Past President
Robert A. Estrada

Courtney Jeans

Treasurer & Finance Chair
Lee Beckelman

J. Coley Clark

Past President
Ricardo Hinojosa

Past President
Del Williams

Audit Committee Chair
Kathleen Farlow

Investments Committee Chair 
Brien Smith

Chapters Representative 
Christina Woodard

Scholarship Advisory Committee Chair
David Jones

UT Faculty Representative
Jay Bernhardt

UT Executive Officer
Sharon Wood


Lynn Davis
June Deadrick
Randy Erben
Frank Erwin III
Gay Gaddis
Cynthia Gonzalez
Brian Haley
Arleas Kea
Julie Kleberg
Amy Marcus
Alfie Meyerson
Eduardo Rodriguez
Nancy Seliger