2023 Annual Report COVERING FISCAL YEAR 2023 JULY 1, 2022 - JUNE 30, 2023

All over the world, Longhorns are leading the way. 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. Among the many highlights, we held the inaugural Longhorn 100 event (with a sold-out crowd!), awarded a record number of scholarships, and saw the legendary Flying Longhorns program rebound to pre-pandemic levels. As always, we helped Longhorns support the University that changed their lives forever.

We've known it since the very beginning, and it's truer every year:

It wouldn’t be Texas without the Exes.

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 to everyone who answered the call by joining the Texas Exes this year or upgrading to Life Membership! 

Did you know. Top 5 member countries outside of the United States 1. Mexico 99 members 2. India 89 members 3. Taiwan 64 members 4. United Kingdom 50 members 5. Canada 48 members
Did you know. 114,116 total members 89,937 Life members 20,450 new members


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.

Did you know. 85 active domestic chapters 18 active international chapters
Did you know. $589K 282 awarded in chapter chapter scholarship scholarships recipients Over 620 chapter and network engagement activations
Did you know. Top 10 chapters 1. Austin 4. San 125,671 members Antonio 2. Houston 13,657 members 34,227 members 5. Ft. Worth 3. Dallas 7,244 members 18,773 members by membership
Did you know. Top 10 chapters 6. San Francisco Bay Area 5,541 members 7. New York 4,936 members 8. Galveston 4.429 members 9. Wash., DC 4,214 members 10. Los Angeles 3,855 members


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.

Did you know. networks $33,000 network scholarship funds 17 network scholarship recipients
Did you know. Top 5 alumni networks 1. Hispanic 4. Pride 32,744 1,613 2. Camp 5. Orange Texas Jackets 15,865 1,153 3. Black 8,352 by membership

In 1899, the Texas Exes awarded the University’s first scholarship of $100. Today, the association awards approximately $4.3 million annually to more than 774 students.

Did you know. Total $4.3 million awarded to 774 students
Did you know. Forty Acres Scholars Program $2.3 million awarded to 72 Scholars
Did you know. Named Scholarships $1,210,320 awarded to 359 students
Did you know. Chapter Scholarships $589,480 awarded to 282 students
Did you know. Network Scholarships $33,000 awarded to 17 students
Did you know. Opportunity Scholarships $249,600 awarded to 44 recipients Chevron, Maclin, Wheeler, 3M, Linford, Ortega, WarnerMedia
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 larges programs in the nation.

Did you know. 3,772 students and alumni ordered class rings 369 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 2022-23, more than 419 alumni and friends took part in the tradition.

Did you know. $230,523 generated from 419 tile and plaque purchases
Texas Fight Tour


The Texas Exes and Texas Athletics hosted the 2023 Texas Fight Tour, traveling across the state with Texas Longhorns Head Football Coach Steve Sarkisian, Men's Head Basketball Coach Rodney Terry, Women's Head Basketball Coach Vic Schaefer, Athletic Director Chris Del Conte and others to share the future of the Texas Longhorns athletics programs.

Did you know. Five tour stops Austin San Antonio Dallas Fort Worth Houston
Did you know. Over 1,200 Longhorns in attendance
Did you know. Special Guests Steve Sarkisian Texas Longhorns Head Football Coach Rodney Terry Men's Head Basketball Coach Vic Schaefer Women's Head Basketball Coach Chris Del Conte Athletic Director Still Austin Whiskey Co. Sponsor

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 by lawmakers and key decision-makers in Texas and Washington. 

Did you know.. 6,400+ UT Advocates 700+ alumni-legislator connections made during Orange & Maroon Legislative Day 2023 49 Longhorns elected to the Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress

Since our founding in 1885, we’ve told the UT story. Today we continue to bring the most compelling news about alumni and the University to an even broader audience through the Alcalde magazine, video storytelling through Alcalde Docs, TexasExes.org, and our social media presence on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Watch: Wes Anderson Instagram Reel
150K plays, 7.7K likes, 1132 shares, 140K reach, 9.3K engagements

Watch: Moving Into the SEC Reel
336K plays, 15K likes, 8K shares, 309K reach, 24K engagements

Watch: Top Gun Bevo Reel
775K plays, 8K likes, 1074 shares, 75K reach, 9.3K engagement 

Watch: Glen Powell Feature
4.8 likes, 1766 shares, 30K reach, 40K impressions, 6.8K engagements 

View: Little Miss Texas Ex
4.8K likes, 2720 shares, 27K reach, 30K impressions, 8K engagements 

Did you know. 6 issues of The Alcalde magazine per year 210,000 estimated print readers
Did you know. 250,159 Total social media followers 95,659 42,035 48,749 63,716 Facebook likes X followers Instagram followers LinkedIn members


Each 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. After two years of not having been able to hold in-person camp due to the pandemic, Camp Texas returned in August 2022 to host new Longhorns and reignite our beloved camp and campus traditions.

Did you know. 525 students attended Camp Texas 2022


Since 1961, our Flying Longhorns program has taken more than 25,000 Texas Exes (and their friends and family) all over the world. Our renowned trips set the stage for travelers to deepen their relationship with Texas Exes, make lasting friendships, and continue learning. The fact that our alumni have been traveling the world together for over 70 years is just another thing that should make you incredibly proud to be a Longhorn.

Did you know. 75 Flying Longhorns trips in fiscal year 2022 1,069 travelers ranging in age from age 21-93 350 attendees at Travel Reunion & Showcase


HookedIn is the official career 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. This robust, burnt-orange networking platform currently has over 26,000 users in 60 countries.

Did you know. 26,000+ HookedIn users 1932-2026 graduating classes represented 69,000 jobs posted 65% of users are "willing to help" 5,824 networking connections made


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.

Did you know.. 6,408 total donors helped further our work this last year through gifts to the following areas: 4,638 Annual Giving donors 419 Tiles and Plaques
Did you know.. 1,351 scholarship donors 591 Chapter scholarships 43 Network scholarships 339 Named scholarships 204 Forty Acres Scholars Program 174 Opportunity Scholarships

Sponsored by Texas Mutual 

The Longhorn Business Network started to take shape this year. We discovered retailers and providers through the Business Directory, we connected and amplified Longhorn Businesses through the Longhorn Business Network membership and we celebrated the fastest growing Longhorns in the Longhorn 100.

Did you know. 1,250+ Longhorns have added their company listings to the Business Directory


The Texas Exes created the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1958 to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves in their profession, community, and through service to the University. Through a commitment to excellence, our Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients truly exemplify the phrase, “What starts here, changes the world.” Each year, the Texas Exes honor as many as six alumni who have made significant achievements in their careers and service to the University.

Read: Meet the Newest Class of Outstanding Young Texas Exes

Did you know. 2022 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS Thomas Dunning BBA'65, Chairman Emeritus, Lockton Dunning Benefits Dallas, TX, Life Member
Did you know. 2022 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA Gay W. Gaddis BFA '77, Founder, Author, Artist, Gay Gaddis, LLC Austin, TX, Life Member
Did you know. 2022 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS Albert Hawkins III BA '75, MPAff '78, Owner/Principal Consultant, Public Policy Consulting Austin, TX, Life Member
Did you know. 2022 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS Jeffery D. Hildebrand BS '81, MS '85, Executive Chairman and Founder, Hilcorp Energy Company Houston, TX, Life Member
Did you know. 2022 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA Myra Liza Leo BA '81, Principal, Husch Blackwell, LLP Austin, TX, Life Member
Did you know. 2022 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS Michael W. "Mike" Perrin BA '69, JD '71, Of Counsel, Winstead PC Houston, TX, Life Member


The Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award was created by the Texas Exes in 1979 to recognize the achievements of alumni, age 39 and under, who have made significant achievements in their careers, community, and service to the University. They are proud alumni who inspire students and peers to put their best foot forward and strive for greatness.

Read: Meet the Newest Class of Outstanding Young Texas Exes

Did you know. 2022 OUTSTANDING YOUNG TEXAS EX Sam Acho BBA '10, Life Member Analyst, Writer, ESPN; Public Speaker Vernon Hills, IL
Did you know. 2022 OUTSTANDING YOUNG TEXAS EX Pamela Martin August BS '06, Life Member Deputy Chief, Operations Division, NASA League City, TX
Did you know. 2022 OUTSTANDING YOUNG TEXAS EX Dr. Colin Muething PhD, '16; Psychologist Program Manager - Severe Behavior Intensive Outpatient Program, Marcus Autism Center; Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, GA
Did you know. 2022 OUTSTANDING YOUNG TEXAS EX Natasha Verma BJ '12, BA '14, Life Member Television News Anchor Denver, CO

Presenting Sponsor: Netspend
Independent Accounting Firm: Whitley Penn

Also sponsored by: Giant Noise and AMBA

Alumni from The University of Texas have created and guided some of the fastest growing businesses in the world. The Texas Exes is proud to recognize these amazing business owners and entrepreneurs through the Longhorn 100. The inaugural year was wildly successful and set the stage for the program to grow into a campus-wide effort to champion and celebrate longhorn businesses and entrepreneurship on the 40 acres. See a list of the 2023 winners

Read: A Moment in the Sun

Did you know. 239 nominations 210 applications
Did you know. Winners 85 Texas-based 2 International 7 Southern US Leaders 15 C-Suite positions 15 Founders 23 Owners 2 Midwestern US 65 Co-Founders 3 Western US
Did you know.. Top 10 1. Raven Butene-1, LLC 2. Poncho Outdoors 3. Rambler Sparkling Water 4. 0J0 5. Direct Digital Holdings 6. Liongard 7. BHW Capital 8. Beatbox Beverages 9. Yotoscale 10. El Arroyo

More about Texas Exes leadership
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President and Chair
Courtney Jeans

Executive Director & CEO
Chuck Harris

Immediate Past President
Patty Huffines

Gay Gaddis

Treasurer & Finance Chair
Lee Beckelman

Coley Clark

Past President
Robert Estrada

Past President
Del Williams

Audit Committee
Kathleen Farlow

Investments Committee Chair
Brien Smith

Chapters Representative
Neal Makkar

Scholarship Advisory Committee Chair
David Jones

UT Faculty Representative
Jay Bernhardt

UT Executive Officer
Sharon Wood

Lynn Davis
June Deadrick
Randy Erben
Letty Fernandez
Elaine Garza
Cynthia Gonzalez
Brian Haley
Arleas Kea
Julie Kleburg
Amy Marcus
Nancy Seliger
Steve Stodghill
Arthur Uhl